HC Deb 28 January 1937 vol 319 cc1083-4W
Mr. Hardie

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that a motorist, convicted at the Old Bailey on 19th January for dangerous driving, was charged by the judge as one of those who killed people on the roads because they drink more than they ought; and whether, as this and similar cases are not entered in the annual statistics as accidents due to drink, he will take steps to have the method of collection revised so that the statistics may be a fairer reflection of the facts concerning alcohol and road accidents?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Road accidents attributable to drink or drugs are already so classified. In the case in question a sentence of six months in the Second Division accompanied by a suspension of licence for seven years was recorded on a conviction for dangerous driving. The Judge observed that the person convicted was "in a sort of twilight of sobriety" but there is no special subhead for this condition.