A Comparison of UK Drink and Driving Related Accidents Involving Fatal and Slight Injuries – Findings and Conclusions
I am writing a report on drink driving related accidents using the years 1979 to 1999 looking into slight and fatal injuries.
Since 1979 the slight and fatal injuries have been decreasing steadily, as shown in my column chart (C) and line graph (C). From 1979 to 1988 came a hugh decrease due to some hard hitting slogans, advertising and warnings on the consequences of drink driving and due to the breath testing increasing during this period. Some of the campaigns mainly targets young men as, document B quotes “the peak age for a high risk offender is 27 – few people rarely became high risk after the age of 45”.
In 1983 there was quite a significant drop in the fatal injuries. Was this due to the introduction of compulsory front seat belt wearing? Or was it due to the introduction and implantation of the Lion Intoximeter, this is what the breath testing machine is called, which provided a much more accurate and reliable result. The same happened in 1991 when compulsory rear seat belt wearing was introduced. Some might say this was because The Road Traffic Act 1991 was introduced. We will have people argue both sides of the story.
Breath test procedures, allowing the police to ask someone to be tested if they have reasonable cause to i.e. a traffic offence has been committed or a person has been involved in an accident, made an impact on the figures in 1988 by...