Don’t Drink and Drive – Drinking and Driving Wrecks Lives!

South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership's anti-drink drive campaign, warning of the consequences of drinking and driving:-

Nationally drink related road deaths have increased by around 17% per cent compared to 2011.  During 2012, 280 people were killed in a collision where a driver was found to be over the legal limit, accounting for 16% per cent of all road fatalities in Great Britain.*

Drivers who commit a moving traffic offence, are involved in a collision, or who officers suspect may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, could be breath tested by Police. 

To support the South Yorkshire Police enforcement campaigns, the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership have a hard hitting ‘Feel My Pain’ initiative which uses a poem composed by a road safety team member Deborah Gribbon.

Joanne Wehrle, interim South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership Manager said “Drinking and driving can be very dangerous.  Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your reaction times and hence your driving.  It is not possible to say how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the limit, so it’s better not to drink at all.  If you are going out for a drink, plan how you will get home without driving either by using public transport, calling a taxi or agreeing a designated driver.  And don’t forget that you could still be over the limit hours after your last drink, even if it’s the morning after”

“Drinking and driving is not worth the risk. Being caught could result in being banned from driving, having points on your licence, a fine of up to £5,000, even imprisonment.  This will mean increased insurance costs, loss of independence if you are banned from driving, even the loss of your job if you are unable to drive.  All this, on top of the shame of having a criminal record.”

A spokesperson from South Yorkshire Police said “Please play your part, if you’re going to enjoy a drink, then arrange a safe way to get home.  If you are with a friend or family member who’s been drinking and plans to drive, stop it before it happens.  Prevention is much better than the after effects, by making a stance that you won’t get in a car with a drink driver you’re being the real friend.”

“Drinking and driving wrecks lives.  If you know someone that regularly drives whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol I would urge you to contact South Yorkshire Police by telephoning 101 or contact Crimestopper anonymously on 0800 555 11.”

* Figure taken from Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain :2012 Annual Report produced by the Department of Transport

 

For further information on the Safer Roads Partnership and any of its campaigns or initiatives, or if you have any queries, then please feel free to email saferroads@southyorks.pnn.police.uk or telephone 01709 832455 and ask for the Safer Roads Office.

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