Scottish drink-drive casualties report present lowest numbers ever

THE NUMBER of drink-drive casualties on Scotland’s roads in 2021 was the bottom ever recorded, reveals a report from Transport Scotland.  

Printed on 25 October, the report reveals a complete of 210 folks have been injured in accidents the place a driver was over the authorized restrict, which compares with 1,270 in 2002.

There have been 10 deaths, which is half the quantity the yr earlier than and down from 50 20 years in the past.

Graph showing areas of Scotland with highest drunk-driving offences.
There have been fewer casualties in Scotland than another area in Britain.

The Scottish figures are in sharp distinction to the remainder of Nice Britain the place drink-drive deaths have hit a 12 yr excessive of 260. 

In Wales, regardless of its a lot smaller inhabitants, there have been 320 accidents – 50% greater than Scotland.

There have been 660 casualties in London, plus an extra 1,210 within the South East of England.

“The message is lastly getting by means of that alcohol will increase the probability of an accident”, feedback Hunter Abbott, managing director of non-public breathalyser agency AlcoSense.

“Our analysis reveals that over half of motorists in Scotland have now diminished the quantity of alcohol they drink, when they are going to be driving later that day or the next morning.

“The decrease drink-drive restrict in Scotland has undoubtedly helped to vary attitudes and, primarily based on these figures, the remainder of the UK ought to comply with go well with”. 

Separate crime figures launched on the twenty fourth of October 2023 confirmed the variety of convictions for driving ‘below the affect’ (DUI) in 2021-22 was 3,555.

“While this seems to be a pointy rise on the yr earlier than, 2020-21 was severely impacted by the Covid pandemic with courts closed for a lot of this era”, explains Hunter Abbott. 

“The longer-term development is that DUI convictions are down by a 3rd over the previous decade – there have been 5,287 in 2011-12”. 

The very best proportion of breath exams by Police was in Tayside the place 72% of motorists have been breathalysed after an damage accident.  

However in Glasgow it was solely 38% – regardless of the Metropolis being the drink and drug drive hotspot of Scotland. 

Evaluation of crime information by AlcoSense reveals there have been 942 DUI offences in Glasgow in 2022-23, increased than wherever else within the nation and up by a 3rd over the previous decade.

Subsequent worst have been North Lanarkshire (820 DUI offences), Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire (650), Highland (574) and the Metropolis of Edinburgh (499). 

Backside of the desk are the Islands of Orkney (23) and Shetland (28). 

The most important breath take a look at failure fee was in Renfrewshire & Inverclyde the place 8.8% of drivers examined constructive after an accident, double the speed of the earlier yr.  Whereas in Forth Valley simply 1% of motorists failed the take a look at.

The general failure fee throughout Scotland was 3.8%, significantly decrease than in England & Wales (6%). 

The Scottish drink-drive restrict was lowered in December 2014 from 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood (0.80‰ BAC) to 50mg (0.50‰ BAC).

Even at 0.10‰ BAC (one fifth of the Scottish restrict) you might be nonetheless 37% extra more likely to be concerned in a deadly crash, analysis reveals.