With the Christmas party season almost upon us, many will be attending social gatherings with colleagues, friends and family. Every year local police forces conduct road safety campaigns which include the targeting of drivers driving under the influences of drink and drugs. Although the level of drinking and driving has dropped dramatically over the last three decades, around 200 people are still killed in drink drive accidents every year. Despite 30 years of drink drive education and enforcement, over 40,000 people are still caught drink driving annually.
It is not just the drivers who have been drinking who suffer, but often their passengers, people in other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists, and the families of everyone involved. In 2017, 130 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured by drink drivers, as were 420 car passengers. 50 children (0-15) were killed or seriously injured by drink drivers that year.
If you are attending social gatherings this Christmas, we cannot emphasise enough how important it is to NOT drink and drive. If you are consuming alcohol, leave the car at home and use a local bus or taxi service, arrange a lift or walk home, if safe to do so. An alternative is to nominate a designated driver. Many bars and pubs are offering free soft drinks to designated drivers this Christmas. The consequences of not following this advice can be serious to you, your passengers, other motorists, pedestrians and their families.
As part of our driver training courses, we offer all students an introduction to road safety guidelines. For more information on this or any of our courses email or call us on 01267 241907. All of us at Blue Mountain Group would like to wish you a fun and safe Christmas season.