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Driving Under Influence: Health Services

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of treatment of people involved in drink-driving incidents in the last year for which figures are available. (251745)

The Cabinet Office report “Alcohol misuse: How much does it cost?” published in 20031 estimated that the cost of medical and ambulance treatment for injuries as a result of drink-driving offences recorded as crimes in England and Wales in 2001 was £31.5 million. In addition, for the same year, the Department of Transport2 estimated that the medical and ambulance costs of fatalities from drink-driving accidents was a minimum of about £0.35 million, based upon an average of £740 for each of the estimated 480 fatalities for Great Britain in 2001.

1 www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/strategy/work_areas/alcohol_misuse/background.aspx,annexes,table5.1

2 www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/ea/ highwayseconomicsnoteno12002?page=4