GEM's Drink Drive Warning
by Jonathan Clensy |
posted 19 May 2017
It was May 1967 that an alcohol limit for drivers was first introduced in the UK. With new provisional figures from the Department for Transport suggesting that 1,380 people were killed or seriously injured in collisions where at least one driver was over the limit, road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging motorists to steer clear of alcohol before journeys this summer.
Neil Worth, road safety officer at GEM said: “Let’s be clear. Alcohol impairs your judgement from the very first sip. It’s wrong to think you only become a risk when you reach the drink drive limit.
“We’re not trying to stop people enjoying themselves with a drink or two, but we are reminding drivers that the safe choice – the only safe choice – is to drink or to drive. If you need to drive, then avoid alcohol. If you want a drink, then avoid driving.”
The latest accident figures show an increase of five per cent. There has also been a three per cent increase in drink drive casualties of all severities, with an estimate of 8,480. GEM believes the most effective way to bring about a reduction in drink drive casualties is by encouraging regular drink drivers to change their behaviour and make better choices.
“Too many people lose their lives or suffer serious injuries,” points out Worth, “because someone else chose to drive after drinking alcohol. If you suspect a colleague, friend or neighbour is drink driving, then please report your concerns to the police, or contact Crimestoppers (0800 555 111, crimestoppers-uk.org), which can be done anonymously.”