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Drink/Drug-driving

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents were caused by drink-driving in each year since 1997, broken down by police force area. (102451)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accident fatalities were caused by or contributed to by driving under the influence of drugs in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (102563)

There were 59 fatalities resulting from personal injury road accidents in which at least one driver had impaired by drugs (illicit or medicinal) as a contributory factor. These data are available only from 2005.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on publicising the risks of driving under the influence of drugs in each of the last five years. (102564)

Communications warning of the dangers of drug-driving form part of the Department's THINK! road safety campaign. The Government are investing around £15 million in the THINK! campaign in this fiscal year.

The campaign advertising costs for the THINK! drug-driving campaign since the 2002-03 fiscal year are as follows:

£

2002-03

nil

2003-04

138,000

2004-05

150,000

2005-06

223,000

2006-07

1350,000

1 Expected outturn

The drug-drive campaign is very targeted to a niche audience, who, following research, appear to be the most likely to drug-drive.