This Christmas marks 50 years since the THINK! road safety campaign produced its first drink-driving warning.
Over the last half-century, the number of deaths caused by drink-driving has fallen greatly. In 1964 there were 1,640; in 2012 there were 230. However, the THINK! campaign’s dramatic new advert ends with the statement “But that’s still 230 too many.”
Number of drink-driving accidents still high
The total number of drink-driving accidents in 1982 was 18,800, and in those incidents there were 30,220 casualties. In 2012, there were 6,630 accidents and 9,930 casualties.
Although the numbers of accidents and casualties both dramatically fell in those 30 years, the statistics show that many UK drivers do not adhere to drink-driving laws.
Be wary of drink-drivers on the road at Christmas
During Christmas, the weather conditions alone can make driving more difficult. In addition to this, all road users and pedestrians should be constantly wary of drink-drivers. Celebrations can sometimes get out of hand, and certain motorists choose to drive home despite having drank more than the legal limit.
Have you been injured because of a drink-driver?
In drink-driving incidents, innocent victims often sustain serious injuries if not worse. If you have been involved in an accident like this, we can help you. We have extensive experience in successfully handling road traffic accident cases, and have obtained practical financial support and medical treatment for many clients.
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