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Alcohol-Related Auto Deaths Rise by Almost 20% in UK

Alcohol-Related Auto Deaths Rise by Almost 20% in UK

Troubling news from the United Kingdom recently: a new report has shown that alcohol-related automobile fatalities have risen by almost 20% in just the last year. The findings were published in the annual Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: 2012 Annual Report. According to official numbers, 280 people were killed in car accidents involving some kind of alcohol in 2012-which is up by 17% from the previous year. In response to these worrying new numbers, various experts criticized the UK government's drunk driving policies, saying they're "clearly are not working."

"And we ask anyone who sees someone get behind the wheel after drinking to report it to the police. Stopping a drink driver is heroic - and it could well save lives," said Mike McAdam, the founder of Don't Be That Someone, an anti-drunk driving organization. Though the total number of people killed on the roadways in Great Britain has actually fallen, the rate of drunk driving deaths has skyrocketed.

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