The number of people killed in drink-drive crashes on Britain's roads has reached an eight-year high, according to new government figures. Department for Transport (DfT) data shows there were between 230 and 270 fatalities in accidents where at least one driver or rider was over the alcohol limit in 2017. The central estimate of 250 deaths is the most since 2009 and accounted for 14 per cent of all road casualties that year. Drink-drive deaths have reached the highest level since 2009, new Department for Transport statistics have shown The new stats said there was a year-on-year increase of 20 drink-drive road casualties compared with 2016, which was 25 per cent more than in 2015. However, the DfT described the rise as 'not statistically significant'. Despite the increase in deaths, the total number of people injured or killed in drink-drive crashes has fallen, the report shows. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Former Liverpool and Aston Villa footballer Dean Saunders … [Read more...] about Drink-drive deaths in Britain have hit an EIGHT YEAR high
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Uber has revolutionised the way people travel, with a taxi now never more than a few taps away. From safety concerns to pay disputes, taxi apps such as Uber - which have come to dominate the market in cities such as Bristol - are rarely far from the headlines. But what about the drivers who spend hours each day on the city's roads, delivering passengers from all over the city to their destinations? What are their experiences of actually being out and about in Bristol? To find out, we spoke to drivers as we made our own journeys. This is what they had to say. All of the drivers we spoke to are current employees, and asked not to be named in order to protect their identity. The hours Chatting with some of the city's Uber drivers, it seems as though one of the key draws of the job is its flexibility - workers are able to set their own schedule and get out on the road whenever it suits them best. "I usually get out at around 4am - there aren't so many drivers waiting around then and you … [Read more...] about We spoke to Bristol’s Uber drivers
A banned drink driver from Sutton who missed a court appointment has been locked up after he got behind the wheel of his partner's car to avoid a traffic warden. Philip Brogdale was pulled over as he drove a black Peugeot on Rock Hill, Mansfield, on May 23, but failed to turn up to court on July 4.Prosecutor Ruth Snodin said a test revealed he had 54 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath, when the legal limit is 35 mcgs.David Grant, mitigating, said Brogdale had drunk three cans of Strongbow and he had only moved the car, which belongs to his partner, to avoid a traffic warden."He drove out of the car park and around the block," said Mr Grant.He said his client had suffered eight bereavements over the last year and had returned to drinking and taking heroin, but had been clean of drugs for seven weeks.District judge Jonathan Taaffe said: "I take the view that your attitude towards court orders and road traffic legislation can best be described as cavalier."He said Brogdale had been … [Read more...] about Jail for Sutton drink driver who tried to evade a traffic ticket
Every week our county's road policing team take dozens of drivers off the road. Yet still every week there seems to be just as many people doing stupid things like driving without a license, without insurance or after doing drugs. Here are all of Cambridgeshire's terrible drivers that the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Roads policing unit have dealt with over the last week: No license, no insurance and tested positive for cocaine This "lady", as BCH road policing call her, was caught driving her car despite the fact she hadn't insured it and didn't even have a licence to drive it. That would be enough for police to take her car, but she also tested positive for cocaine too. Police were not impressed. Her car has been seized and she was arrested at the scene. Solo learner driver This young driver did have a licence, but it was only a provisional learner one. So when police stopped him and found he had no learner plates or someone to supervise him they were not … [Read more...] about All the terrible drivers pulled over by police this week
Indeed, according to Bord Bia, sales of low- and no-alcohol drinks increased by more than 20pc in the year to August 2018. But what is the cost of sobriety? Excise tax adds roughly 55c to a pint, €3 to a bottle of wine, and around €12 to a bottle of whiskey, and yet a 70cl bottle of non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip costs €30. Meanwhile, you can buy a 70cl bottle of not-fancy gin on special in the supermarket for as litle as €20. Out in pubs, there doesn't seem to be much difference between buying alcoholic beer or non alcoholic beer, except one of them won't give you a hangover. If low and no-alcohol products do not incur excise, what's going on with the pricing? Baked into pub prices of non-alcoholic drinks are the associated running costs, which include insurance premiums. Vintners' Federation of Ireland (VFI) Chief Executive Padraig Cribben says: "The cost of staying in the pub business is escalating at a serious pace. Insurance premiums have increased for all … [Read more...] about Sobering thought: why are booze-free drinks so expensive?