The number of deaths in drink-drive accidents soared last year, according to provisional government figures.
An estimated 290 people were killed in such accidents in Britain in 2012 – around 25% more than the figure of 230 in 2011, the Department for Transport said.
The 2012 figures were made worse by the fact that the 2011 total was the lowest since records began in 1979.
The 2012 figures showed that the 290 deaths represented 17% of all reported road deaths.
There were 250 drink-drive accidents resulting in deaths in 2012, compared with 220 in 2011. Overall, the number of accidents involving drink-driving last year was 6,680 – fractionally down on the 2011 figure of 6,690.
There really has been such a rise in deaths as a result of something or other having been done: cuts to the ad budget against drink driving perhaps.
This is within the bounds of normal statistical deviation.
They\’ve changed the definition.
I really don\’t know which is most likely: anyone who does have a clue want to comment?