Statistics released by the Department for Transport (DfT) show a two per cent increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the UK’s roads over the year to 31 March 2016.
Commenting on the provisional estimates of reported road casualties, GEM Motoring Assist’s Neil Worth said: “The government made a manifesto commitment to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the UK’s roads every year.
“However, there has been almost no reduction for the past six years. In particular, there has been no reduction in deaths involving drink-driving during that time – a clear sign that we need new initiatives in the field of drink-drive education, as well as wider enforcement of drink-drive laws.”
Worth added: “This once again demonstrates the grave mistake made in permitting such a big reduction in the numbers of road policing officers over these past six years.
“The government needs to be held accountable for its refusal to consider a reduction in the drink-drive limit. At the same time, we need to invest in fresh new initiatives that remind drivers of the dangers of driving after drinking alcohol. There also needs to be a much greater perception among drink-drivers that they will be stopped, breathalysed and punished.”
GEM joins other road safety organisations in supporting:
- An increase in drink-drive education and publicity by the DfT
- More support from the pub and drink industry to promote alcohol-free drinks and named driver campaigns
- Better enforcement of drink driving by the police
- Type approval by the Home Office of mobile evidential breath test equipment
- A lower drink-drive limit in England and Wales, as in Scotland and (soon) Northern Ireland
- An overhaul by the Ministry of Justice of the provision of drink drive rehabilitation courses
- Full analysis of the impact of the lower limit in Scotland