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Think! Don't drink and drive

Monday 03 December 2012

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The annual Christmas drink drive crackdown in Wiltshire has been launched with a warning to motorists that every resource available will be used to catch people who drive after drinking alcohol.

The campaign will also make it clear that drink drivers include people who drive the next day while still under the influence of alcohol.

Roadshows will be held in Tidworth, Marlborough,Trowbridge, Devizes and Chippenham during December to highlight the issue.

Drivers visiting the roadshows will be able to see the remains of a car actually involved in a crash, and there will be a chance to speak to people who have been affected by fatal crashes, as well as representatives from Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service and Wiltshire Council.

The events will all run from 10am until 2pm as follows:

Date Time Location
Monday 10 December 2012 10am - 2pm Tidworth Barracks
Tuesday 11 December 2012 10am - 2pm Marlborough High Street
Wednesday 12 December 2012 10am - 2pm Outside County Hall Trowbridge
Thursday 13 December 2012 10am - 2pm Devizes outside the Bear Hotel
Friday 14 December 2012 10am - 2pm Chippenham High Street

Drink driving remains one of the essential themes in the Wiltshire Road Safety Partnership’s strategy to reduce serious injuries and deaths on the county’s roads. Even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgement and the ability to drive safely.

As a result, people who have a drink this Christmas are being encouraged to leave their cars at home.

Those who need to drive the following morning are also being encouraged not to drink. People are being warned that if they have been out drinking they may still be affected by alcohol the next day – sleeping, eating, having a shower, drinking a cup of coffee or other ways of ‘sobering up’ will not help – it just takes time.

Nearly one in five people who are convicted of drink driving are caught the morning after and do not realise that they can still lose their licence if they are over the legal alcohol level.

Dick Tonge, Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “This is not just an event for drivers or people who are learning to drive, but for everyone because we all need to be more aware of the consequences of drink driving, and how it can destroy the lives of families and friends of the victims and the drink driver.”

Head of Roads Policing at Wiltshire Police, Inspector Steve Cox, added: “Driving whilst under the influence or drink or drugs impairs the driver’s judgments, reaction times and speed as well as putting other road users in danger.

“Drug or drink-driving is an incredibly selfish crime as it can have a damaging effect on everyone around the driver – including other passengers, other drivers and pedestrians.

“It is also important to remind drivers that you might still be over the legal limit the morning after the night before – alcohol can remain in the body’s system for a considerable amount of time and that differs from person to person.

“We want people to have fun over this festive period – but not to take any risks when it comes to getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or taking drugs.”

The road safety partnership is working with partners in the emergency services to bring down the number of crashes on Wiltshire’s roads, and the roadshows this year is part of an effort to change people’s behaviour.

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