This profile looks at alcohol related road traffic accidents and the number of people killed and seriously injured on the road.
Alcohol consumption is responsible for around one in seven deaths in road traffic accidents in Great Britain. Any amount of alcohol affects people’s ability to drive safely. The effects can include slower reactions, increased stopping distance, poorer judgement of speed and distance and reduced field of vision, all increasing the risk of having an accident or fatality. The rate of alcohol-related road traffic accidents in North Yorkshire is 29 per 1,000 accidents, similar to the England (26 per 1,000 accidents). Craven is the only district significantly higher than the national rate (46 per 1,000 accidents), and Scarborough (13 per 1,000 accidents) is the only district that is significantly lower than England.
The rate of people being killed and seriously injured (KSI) casualties on roads in North Yorkshire (70 per 100,000 population) is significantly higher than the England (41 per 100,000 population). The Yorkshire & Humber rate (46 per 100,000) is also significantly higher than England. However, it should be noted that while the rates in the Yorkshire & Humber and England are slowly increasing, the rate in North Yorkshire has decreased in recent years, narrowing the gaps. There were 1,271 people killed or seriously injured on North Yorkshire’s roads in the three years 2015-17.