There's always an alternative
Most drink drivers don't plan to break the law. Make sure you don't become another statistic; here are some ways to avoid drinking and driving:
- Book a taxi. To make sure you get one, book it as early as in the evening.
- At the start of the night agree who's driving and not drinking.
- Use public transport routes to help you get home.
- If you're at a friends house, stay overnight.
- Don't get into a car driven by someone else who's been drinking.
And the morning after
Dont' rush to get behind the wheel the morning after you've been out drinking.
You may feel fine but you could still be over the legal alcohol limit or unfit to drive.
A cold shower. a cup of coffee or any of the other myths about 'sobering up' won't make you fit to drive any quicker.
It just takes time to get the alcohol out of your system.
It is an offence to drive whilst unfit through alcohol or drugs.
The police are on the lookout now more than ever and aside from just erratic driving beahviour, know all the signs to spot a drink or drug driver.
The effects of drugs and alcohol on your driving can include:
- Slower reactions
- Reduced field of vision
- Poorer judgement of speed and distance
- Overconfidence and increased risk taking
- Aggressive manoeuvres
- Erratic driving
- Distraction and drowsiness
Penalties may include:
- A court conviction
- A fine of up to £5,000
- A driving ban of at least 12 months
- An endorsement on your driving licence for 11 years
- A criminal record
The artwork above has been created by Charlotte Vogels, age 12 of St Richard's Catholic College, Bexhill on Sea for an ESFRS Drink Driving Campaign.
Here is the full campaign artwork