Festive Season Warnings On Driving Safely Issued
With Christmas decorations and music now firmly established in the shops, and the office party season rapidly approaching, the annual warnings of driving within legal alcohol limits are being rolled out.
Sadly, as per usual, many will ignore the advice, resulting in injuries and even on occasions the death of drivers and passengers. Across Europe, government campaigns involve videos, TV and newspapers advertising campaigns, and leaflets distributed in GP surgeries, libraries and even places of work.
Some basic facts regarding drinking alcohol and driving:
One newspaper based in Grimsby ran a 'name and shame' drink drive campaign during the summer of 2009, with many supporters of such a campaign saying it should be done at Christmas time too. Go here to view
One organisation, Interactive Driving Systems based in the UK, has issued a key message for managers in organisations as well as for people travelling:
Our safe travelling tips for the festive party and the remainder of the holiday season include:
We are especially keen that colleagues and their families are vigilant when driving the morning after a night out. It takes hours for alcohol to leave the body and drivers can unwittingly be over the limit as they drive to school or work the next day. In fact, Police data suggests that nearly one in five drink-drive or driving under the influence offences are committed by people driving to work still over the limit the morning after – with a drink-drive conviction often resulting in a driving ban, serious fine and in the worst cases a prison sentence.
Dr Will Murray, Research Director at Interactive Driving Systems said:
As you can imagine, the last thing that anyone wants to do is discourage people from having a fun time at Christmas and during the holidays. As a responsible employer, however, we have a duty of care to ensure that our people return safely after the holiday period.
Source: CWU Health & Safety Dept / Dept of Transport / Grimsby Telegraph / Interactive Driving Systems / DirectGov