With summer upon us we can look forward to social gatherings with family and friends at weddings, barbecues, World Cup football games or a garden party. The message from Sussex Safer Roads Partnership is a simple one: Drink OR Drive.
The Police, Fire Service and councils in the partnership also urge people to take care when driving the morning after the night before.
Recent figures show there are more drink drive casualties in the summer months than at Christmas time. Last year in Sussex alone 126 people were killed or injured as the result of drink driving.
The drink or drive message is easy to follow – if you are planning to drink then plan to get a lift, a taxi or use public transport. If you plan to drive then don’t drink any alcohol. There is no ‘safe amount’ to drink before driving, so don’t take the risk.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Community Fire & Road Safety Manager, Jackie Boyle, said: “Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your ability to drive safely and whilst we want everyone to enjoy a nice summer social with friends and family the best advice is not to drink anything if you are driving and remember to give alcohol plenty of time if you are driving the next day.
“Every year people are injured on our roads because they are still under the influence of alcohol from the evening before. Through the Drink OR Drive campaign run by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership we are trying to inform drivers of the dangers involved and help them to avoid
a drink drive conviction – or worse still cause a collision and injure others.”