Brake drives new crackdown on drink drivers

JonathanJune 3, 2014

Over the last few weeks there have been splinters of sunshine, which has got us all thinking about the possible summer ahead. Barbecues, long evenings in the bark yard, and maybe even a nice pint of something cool while we watch the World Cup.

However, Brake has launched a campaign to remind drivers that, if you want to enjoy a pint or two in the summer evenings, you should put your keys away and not use your car.

The road safety charity has teamed up with Association of Chief Police Officers' (ACPO) to raise awareness of drink driving before the sunshine really comes out.

ACPO is launching a month-long drink and drug driving enforcement campaign, which will see police across England and Wales running more checks on alcohol and substance abuse, as well as warning the public about the risks.

When the campaign ran last year nearly 100,900 motorists were breathalysed, with 5,170 failing the test, which is a slight reduction from the year before.

With the World Cup kicking off in little over a week, and the weather looking like it will improve, some drivers will be tempted to have a drink or two before they go to watch a match or visit a festival. However, it is much safer for you to just leave the keys at home and walk to the pub or get public transport.

Brake is urging everyone to leave the car at home or ensure they have a sober designated driver for summer festivities.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: "Drink driving remains one of the biggest killers on our roads, yet every year thousands of drivers risk it. That's why it's so important that the police are out in force clamping down on this selfish behaviour, now and throughout the year. 

"However, even if you're under the limit, you can still be a danger: even very small amounts of alcohol significantly affect your judgement and reactions at the wheel. We need everyone on board with the message that motor vehicles and alcohol – in any amount – don't mix."

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