Joint drink drive campaign launched this Christmas

13/12/2017

​"I'll be alright, its just a few drinks right…?"

Wrong.

Tis' the season to be jolly, but remember that by drink driving, you could be risking a driving ban, a criminal record, point on your licence, or even, death?

Do you really want to be the person to make someone else's Christmas memorable for all the wrong reasons?

No? Didn't think so.

This year, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has teamed up with Nottinghamshire Police to educate road users on the dangers of drink driving to stop revellers from getting behind the wheel and causing fatal consequences.

The campaign, called 'You may like a drink but no-one likes a drink driver', will see firefighters from NFRS work alongside police officers and Special Constables at a series of events in Nottingham City Centre, Mansfield and Newark, where drinkers will be invited to undergo some interactive sobriety tests to demonstrate how having a drink can impair your ability to drive.

They'll be on hand to give feedback and advice to participants following the tests, with the aim of educating people not just about the dangers of drink driving but also all of the 'Fatal 4' offences - namely speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt, drink driving and using a mobile phone while driving.

The events that we will be attending are as follows:

Friday 15 December – Mansfield Town Centre, at the junction of Westgate and Church Street, from 7pm to 10pm.

Saturday 16 December - Nottingham city centre, in Trinity Square, from 7pm-10pm.

Thursday 21 December - Nottingham city centre, in Trinity Square, from 7pm-10pm.

Watch Manager Nicola Bottomley, from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service's Education Team, is the Service's lead on Road Safety.

She said: "We have come together with our colleagues from Nottinghamshire Police to try to reduce serious and fatal collisions which are linked to the Fatal 4.

"All too often our crews and officers from the police are mobilised to deal with a road traffic collision which has life-changing impacts, not just for those involved, but also for their family, friends, and colleagues.

"By coming together for this campaign, it is our hope that we can educate people on driving safely and reduce the number of people who are risking their lives and the lives of others on our county's roads.

"You may see us in various locations across the county in coming weeks, so please come and say hello and help us to spread the word about road safety."

Police Constable Adam Taylor, of the East Midlands Operational Support Services (EMOpSS), said: "This joint campaign is all about educating people that consuming any amount of alcohol can affect their ability to drive, whether they've had a drink with their meal during the early evening or been out for a few drinks with friends.

"Fatal and serious injury collisions are an all too regular on our roads.

"Together with our partners we will continue to undertake activity to ensure road users and pedestrians are kept safe, however the real power to keep roads safe lies with ordinary road users.

"Deaths and serious collisions on our roads are preventable and simple actions such as not being distracted by using a mobile phone at the wheel, speeding, not drinking and driving or drug driving and wearing a seatbelt can prevent these devastating consequences.

"Any crash caused by a person falling foul of these 'Fatal 4' main causes of collisions is completely inexcusable and motorists offending throughout the East Midlands region can expect to be dealt with robustly.

"Too many people are still risking their lives and others on our roads. We can all play a part in stopping it - If you know or suspect that someone is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, try to discourage them but if they won't listen to you ring us and report them.

"Call us on 101 or 999 if there's an immediate threat to life or property. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

There were a total of 28 fatal road collisions in Nottinghamshire during 2016, due to a range of contributory factors, but one death is too many.

Between January and September this year Nottinghamshire Police has investigated 1,067 drink/drug drivers, which works out as an average of 118.5 drivers per month.

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