Over 600 West Midlands Crashes Involving Drink-Drivers Dealt With By Police In Five Years

Serious Injury Lawyers Say Drink-Driving Crashes Can't Be Ignored


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Specialist serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have warned drivers not to risk getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol after figures indicated West Midlands Police has attended 600 crashes involving intoxicated drivers in the past five years.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that 671 crashes dealt with by officers from the region involved drivers under the influence of alcohol, with 122 serious injuries and eight fatalities from the collisions.

The figures also indicated a further 541 crashes led to slight injuries. A total of 367 of those killed or seriously injured in the crashes were the individuals driving under the influence of alcohol.

West Midlands Police Superintendent Kerry Blakeman told local media that drink-drivers pose a serious risk to all road users, as well as themselves.

Laura Bailey, an expert serious injury lawyer at Birmingham-based law firm Irwin Mitchell, said:

Expert Opinion
These figures sadly indicate that drink-driving is still a major problem that needs close scrutiny and attention.

“Through our work we have dealt with a number of incidents where drink or drug-driving has been a major factor. We understand the serious and life-changing impact collisions can have on those involved and it is something that can’t be ignored.

“We would urge authorities to continue their work to tackle the issue of drink-driving and increase education in this area, as well as implementing regular testing in problem areas.
Laura Bailey, Solicitor