§ Sir Teddy Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many road accidents over the most recent annual period for which figures are available were(a) drink related and (b) drugs related. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
[holding answer 6 November 1997]: In 1996 there were 10,850 accidents involving death or injury in which at least one driver or motorcycle rider was over the legal limit. No comparable figures are available for drugs-related accidents. However the Department is currently one year into a three-year research programme to assess the incidence of drugs-driving and its implications for road safety.