With Advent here once again, one Police force in particular has taken note that the festive season, whilst bringing cheer, shopping sprees, mince pies and family time, also triggers foolish driving behaviour as people become consumed by the Christmas rush and all the fun to be had.
Leicestershire Police have launched their festive campaign to tackle drink and drug driving to remind motorists that the clock striking midnight does not mean that alcohol consumed the evening before has left your system, and that many people remain over the legal limit well into the next day.
The campaign’s slogan: “Think about the mourning after” hopes to get drivers thinking about the consequences of getting behind the wheel the morning after drinking.
In Leicestershire, checks are to be carried out on drivers involved in a collision or who police believe may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Inspector Viv Brenchley said: “Drivers should always be aware that alcohol takes effect quickly but wears off slowly – so even if you don’t drive until the next morning after a night out, your driving can still be impaired.”
The RAC Foundation urges drivers to plan their journeys this Christmas in a way which means they are not ‘having to’ drive the morning after drinking and instead keep to the rule that if you need to drive the next day don’t drink.
Fiona Coyne, Research Assistant for the RAC Foundation says: ” Many people find themselves under pressure to visit family and friends spread all across the country in a matter of days over Christmas. If you know that you have to drive to see your in-laws the next day, stay on the soft drinks the evening before and if you must indulge, do so on the chocolates and mince pies instead. Sharing driving responsibility with a partner or friend, or if feasible walking or using public transport, are the only road safe options for ensuring your Christmas is one to remember with a smile and not regret.”
Source: BBC News Monday 1st Dec 2008 Festive drink- drive blitz starts