§ Mr. Marlow
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is his estimate of the number of deaths caused by(a) drivers under the influence of drink and (b) drivers falling asleep in each of the last three years.
§ Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
Estimates of fatal casualties in accidents in which at least one driver, or motor-cyclist, has a blood alcohol level in excess of the local limit are as follows:
Number 1989 870 1990 800 1991 700
No reliable estimate is available of the number of deaths in accidents caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel. The problem is likely to be greatest on motorways; the total number of motorway fatalities from any cause in the years 1989 to 1991 was: 233, 229 and 234.