With summer about to begin, meaning a couple of months of barbecues for many, there is a concern that some drivers may be more likely to take to the roads after drinking too much alcohol.
To counter this, the Association of Chief Police Officers' (ACPO) is running a campaign of enforcement against driving while under the influence of drink or drugs. This means that there will be more roadside checks for drugs and alcohol usage throughout England and Wales.
In support of this campaign, road safety charity Brake is issuing advice to drivers not to get behind the wheel with any alcohol in their system. It pointed out that dangers are particularly high with the addition of festivals coming up and the World Cup.
They say that designated drivers should be completely sober or cars should be left at home. Additionally, friends and family should also be helped to plan ahead so that they do not end up drink driving on the way home from summer activities.
Deputy chief executive at Brake Julie Townsend said: "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."
She explained that the ACPO's campaign is highly important for curbing drink driving as a number of drivers take the risk every year. This is in spite of the fact that drink driving accounts for a high portion of fatalities on the road. According to statistics from Think!, 12 per cent of road casualties were as a result of drink driving in 2011.
During last summer's campaign, 100,892 drivers were breathalysed at the roadside and 5,170 were found to be over the limit. This is a slight drop on the year before according to ACPO statistics.
Brake is also trying to encourage the government to implement a zero tolerance policy against drink driving so that drivers are unable to get behind the wheel after even one drink.
Posted by Danielle Barge