The Think! Norfolk road safety partnership launched a reminder today about the very serious risks involved in drink-driving, timed ahead of the festive season. Unfortunately the continuing need for such a campaign was highlighted by a tweet from Norwich Police at lunchtime…
During the festive season last year – from 1 December to 1 January – 83 drivers were more than the legal limit when tested by police. To date this year, 532 have been charged with drink or drug driving by Norfolk Constabulary. In addition, alcohol has been identified as a factor in 13 of the 266 road traffic collisions in which people have been seriously injured or killed this year. That’s 13 too many.
Please stop and think before having a drink and getting behind the wheel of a car. As well as potentially putting yourself and others at risk, anybody convicted of drink driving will have a criminal record and could receive a prison sentence of up to 10 years, could be banned from driving, fined heavily and also possibly lose their job and their home.
If you suspect someone of drink driving to police by calling 101 or dialling 999 if someone is already behind the wheel. People can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 – calls are free and confidential.
Think! Norfolk’s anti-drink driving reminder is part of a wider ‘Why wouldn’t you…?’ campaign that wants to make us all more aware of the elements that can make car journeys much more dangerous than they need to be. There’s more information about the campaign and advice on the Think! Norfolk website.