Out of interest, what were the figures for drink-driving accidents before it became socially unacceptable. Also, of the accidents attributed to alcohol, what are the consequences in terms of deaths, injury and damage?
The figures I looked at were from 1979 to date, so in terms of the "acceptability" of drink driving I think we'd have to go back to the 1960's and I don't know where those numbers might be.
For comparison, in 1979 the figure for alcohol related fatalities was 1640, in 2010, 250. A significant improvement.
This is likely to be attributed to the quality of safety devices and vehicle construction, MOT stringency, improved driving tests, road layouts, traffic lights, more pelican crossings, signage, camera's, as well as alcohol education (IMO seriously lacking).
As far as total fatalities are concerned, these numbers represent approx. 12% of the total.
This suggests that if alcohol causes 5% of accidents but 12% of fatalities, you are more likely to kill someone under the influence of drink.
IMO I would guess that these extra deaths are likely to be traveler's in the car and that it is not statistically more likely that a pedestrian or other road user is killed by a drink driver than for any other instance of distraction.
Edited by Ackroman, 19 March 2012 - 03:20 PM.