The relaxation of licensing hours is being blamed by The Mail on Sunday for a "believed" rise in drink-drive accidents ­– even though no official figures are yet available. The paper admits that UK statistics will not be available until November. But it says a seven-year study in Australia showed a "massive jump in collision as a direct result of pubs opening longer". Accidents involving customers who had visited bars with a late licence more than doubled. The charity Campaign Against Drinking and Driving (CADD) claims British police officers are already reporting an increase in drink-related accidents. The Mail on Sunday 17/09/06 page 38