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Higher percentage of alcohol-induced accidents in December

DUI tends to lead to more accidents in December, says Statec.  Photo: Shutterstock

DUI tends to lead to more accidents in December, says Statec.  Photo: Shutterstock

Out of all accidents recorded in Luxembourg over the 2017-2021 period, on average, 23% of those recorded in December were linked to alcohol, says statistics bureau Statec.

A few days before end-of-year celebrations, Statec, on 23 December, published an analysis looking at five years of alcohol-related accidents in Luxembourg. The study showed that men were more likely to take to the road while under the influence or drunk than women.  While 2% of women in accidents were under the influence and 6% were drunk, for male drivers, these numbers climbed to 4% and 12% respectively.

Younger generations were also more often caught drinking and driving, with 11% of 25-34-year-olds being drunk at the wheel, followed by 35-44-year-olds (10%) and 18-24-year-olds (8%). Still, 6% of 65-74-year-olds were also caught with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.55mg.

21% of deadly crashes recorded over the five-year period were linked back to drinks, compared to 18% for all categories of incidents. The latter were often resulting from a crash between two moving vehicles or against a fixed obstacle off the road.

Alcohol remains the second cause of accidents on Luxembourg roads--after speed. More victims were severely wounded due to drinking and driving (55) in 2021 than since 2015 (60). Ten were killed in 2021 in such accidents, compared to three in 2020. The Luxembourg government in November launched a campaign to encourage drivers to either abstain from drinking altogether when driving or to stay with friends.