Far fewer drink-driving accidents involving young Danes

Lowest number of people killed in traffic since WWII

The number of young Danes under the age of 25 who are injured or convicted of causing an accident while drink-driving has halved in just five years, according to new figures.

The figures, compiled by the national statistics keeper Danmarks Statistik, showed that the numbers fell from 633 in 2009 to 354 in 2014, while the number of those injured or killed fell from 304 to 205 during the same time period.

“Many younger people have a healthier relationship with alcohol,” Jesper Sølund, a spokesperson for the traffic safety council Rådet for Større Færdselssikkerhed, told Metroxpress newspaper.

“We have launched efforts aimed at some of those groups more likely to drink drive, such as via campaigns at technical schools and some of the areas where we see many drink driving accidents.”

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WWII mark
Last year, the 167 people killed in traffic in Denmark equalled the lowest number in the nation since World War II.

Most of the accidents were caused by motorists driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication.