Killed drivers/riders resulting from reported accidents, by blood alcohol content category and age (Department for Transport, GB, 2012)
These statistics indicate that of those drivers/riders who were killed as a result of reported accidents, 18% were over the legal blood alcohol limit, and, of these, 11% were over twice over the legal limit.
In 8% of those people killed, alcohol was present but not over the legal limit (ie 10-80mg).
The good news is that these statistics report the fact that in 74% of those killed, no alcohol (ie 0-9mg) was present.
The figures for deaths by reported accidents in Great Britain in 2012 total 568, which is made up of 479 male and 89 female victims.
The age range in which there were the highest number of deaths is in the 60+ group, which numbered a total of 100 people. The lowest incidence of deaths was in the 35-39 age group, which numbered 45 people.
The highest figures for those who were twice over the legal limit (161mg+) were in the adjoining 25-29 and 30-34 age groups (13 and 14 people respectively).
These higher figures are mirrored in the category of deaths where drivers/riders were over the legal limit (81mg+) – 21 and 19 people respectively.
The highest figures for alcohol being present, but not over the legal limit (10-80mg) are for the 50-59 age group, which numbers 10 people.
Of all the categories, the highest figures of all appear within the ‘no alcohol present’ (0-9mg) data, which numbers 421 deaths in total. Of these, 345 are male and 76 are female.
In summary, those killed as a result of road accidents are, according to the Department for Transport statistics, over 5 times more likely to be male. In addition, they are more likely to be over 60+ years of age, and to have had no alcohol present (0-9mg) in their blood when killed.
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