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Roads: Accidents

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many deaths there were in motor accidents in which a contributory factor was (a) consumption of illegal drugs, (b) consumption of alcohol and (c) tiredness of the driver during December in each year since 1997. (306973)

Information about contributory factors to road accidents has been collected since 2005. The information requested is shown for each year since then in the following table:

Fatalities in road accidents in December with selected contributory factors reported1: GB 2005-2008

Contributory factor reported in accident

(a) Impaired by alcohol

(b) Impaired by drugs (illicit or medicinal)

(c) Fatigue

2005

38

5

13

2006

36

10

7

2007

20

5

3

2008

16

4

3

1 Includes accidents where the police attended the scene and reported a contributory factor.

Contributory factors reflect the police officer’s opinion at the time of reporting, and where some factors may have contributed to the cause of an accident it may be difficult for a police officer attending the scene after the accident to identify them, so these factors may be underreported. Not all reported road accidents are included in the contributory factor analysis, only those where a police officer attended the scene and at least one contributory factor was reported.