Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2014 Annual Report

  • Published: Department for Transport, September 2015
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 09 Oct 2015
  • Last Update: 09 Oct 2015
  • Format: pdf


Presents detailed statistics regarding the circumstances of personal injury road accidents, including the types of vehicles involved, the resulting casualties, and factors which may contribute to the accidents.


Majority of the statistics in the report are based on information about accidents reported to the police. Coroners and Procurators Fiscal provide data on alcohol levels of road user fatalities.

Key Findings:   

In 2014:

  • a total of 1,775 people were killed and 22,807 seriously injured on Britain’s roads.

  • Provisional figures indicate that in 2014, there were 5,650 reported drink drive accidents.

  • Provisional figures indicate that in 2014 that between 240 and 340 people were killed in drink drive accidents (13% - 19% of all road accident fatalities), whilst the total number of reported casualties is estimated to be 8,320 (4% of all road casualties).

  • In 2013, almost a fifth of drivers killed in reported accidents were over the limit. This has decreased from around a third in the 1980s. About 9% of motorcycle riders killed were over the limit.

  • 16% motorcycle riders killed had over 9mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, and 10% had over 50mg/100 ml, but were under the legal limit of 80mg/100ml.

  • 27% had over 80mg/100ml, including 3% who had over 200mg/100ml.

  • Compared to 2012, data for 2013 shows almost no change in drink drive accidents (from 5,690 to 5,650).

  • In 2013, young car drivers (aged 20-24) had more drink drive accidents per 100 thousand licence holders and per billion miles driven than any other age group.

  • The number of casualties in reported road accidents involving young drivers (17-24 years old) who were over the alcohol limit has fallen from 390 in 2001 to 150 in 2013.