Rise in drink-drive related deaths

New provisional figures from the Department for Transport have revealed that the number of fatal drink-driving accidents on Britain's roads rose by 5% last year.

The Government department announced that the drink-driving death rate was up by 20 in 2008, from 410 in 2007 to 430.

However, the statistics also showed that slight injuries in drink-driving crashes dropped by 7% to stand at 10,970, while serious injuries also fell 7% to 1,630 and total casualties declined by the same amount making it the lowest figure to date.

A spokesman for the Department of Transport said the reduced number of overall casualties was a result of thirty years of education campaigns and measures to improve enforcement.

"However, we know that we need to continue to tackle the menace of drink-driving, which is why we are making it easier for the police to enforce against those who get behind the wheel after drinking, and are running hard-hitting THINK! road safety campaigns," he added.

The figures come as campaign group call on the Government to lower the current legal blood-alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg, which would put Britain in line with a number of European countries.