§ Sir Richard Glyn
asked the Minister of Transport how many road accidents 24W involving death or serious injury occurred in the 12 months to the latest convenient date;and in what proportion of these cases a driver or rider of a motor vehicle was charged, or would have been so charged had he not been killed or seriously injured, with a drink offence under the Road Traffic Acts.
§ Mr. Marples
In the 12 months ended 31st October, 1963, there were 77,047 fatal and serious road accidents, involving 110,612 drivers or riders of motor vehicles. Of these drivers or riders 402 were charged, or would have been so charged had they not been killed or seriously injured, with a drink offence under the Road Traffic Acts. This figure, which is known to understate the number of cases in which drink is a contributory factor, represents a proportion of less than one half of 1 per cent.