Thursday, 2 June 2011

Drink Driving Road Safety Event Coming To Bar Hill

County Road Safety Officers will be out and about across Cambridgeshire over the coming weeks handing out early 'Christmas cards' which spread the word that drink driving does not only happen during the festive season.

An exhibition trailer decorated as a 'Christmas Grotto' will be visiting Tesco stores in the county with leaflets spelling out the personal and legal consequences of drinking and driving and reminding people of the length of time alcohol takes to clear the body.

The roadshows will take place between 10.00-3.00 pm, at:
*       Huntingdon - June 3
*       Bar Hill - June 14
*       Wisbech - 27 June
*       March - 29 June
*       Ely - June 30

Visitors will also have an opportunity to win an iPod nano by filling in a questionnaire - people who cannot make the roadshows can also take part in the survey at: http://tiny.cc/y99cw

County Council Cabinet Member responsible for Road Safety, Councillor Steve Criswell, said: "1,100 drivers were arrested across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in 2010 for drink driving. There is no excuse for drinking and driving, any amount of alcohol affects a person's ability to drive. Drivers risk a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record.

"It's also important to remember the morning after. People who have been out drinking the night before may still be affected by alcohol the next day. Even though they feel ok, they may still be unfit to drive or over the legal alcohol limit."

The roadshows have been organised by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership.

Tony Barrios, Casualty Reduction Officer for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: "it is important to reinforce the drink drive message especially at this time of year, with long summer evenings and many of us enjoying time in beer gardens and at BBQs. Many people don't realise that drink drive casualties occur all year round and not just at Christmas."