Monday, 11 June 2012

Don't Drink And Drive During The Euros

With the European Championships now in full swing, football fans watching the game down the pub, at a BBQ or round a friends are being reminded about the dangers of drink driving.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership are urging people not only to think about how they will get home after a night out but also whether they are fit to drive the next morning when they may still be under the influence of alcohol.

In 2011 there were 1091 breath test failures in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and 92 accidents involving drink-drivers.  During the last campaign over Christmas and New Year, nearly a third of all breath test failures were by drivers under 25, and 90 per cent were male.

The Road Safety Partnership has teamed up with KISS FM to promote the campaign on air, targeting younger male drivers and together we are encouraging participation by offering people the chance to win an iPad 3.

Councillor Tony Orgee, Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Community Infrastructure, said, "We want people to enjoy the matches and have fun but behave responsibly.  Many people still don't realise just how long alcohol takes to leave the system, leaving many at risk of drink driving the morning after the night before.

"We're focusing on football fans, as we know many tend to enjoy alcohol at the same time as watching matches.  With the Euro matches this year being evening kick-offs, we're reminding people to ensure they are safe to drive the morning after as well. Our message to motorists is simple: if you are driving don't drink alcohol. If you do intend to drink then leave the car on the drive and make an alternative way home such as booking a taxi, taking a bus or arranging to be picked up. Drink driving can ruin lives so please don't run the risk."

Steve Gedny, Casualty Reduction Officer for Cambridgeshire Police, warned, "All drivers need to be aware they not only risk being arrested and losing their licence if they are caught drink driving, they are also risking the lives of themselves and others."