In the run up to Christmas, while we should all go out and enjoy ourselves, it is also important that we all act responsibly when it come to getting home and that means don’t drink and drive. At the last Full Council meeting we had before the festive break a fellow councillor stood up before a silenced chamber and outlined his personal loss to a suspected drink driver.
His use of personal tragedy to highlight the anti-drink driving campaign brought it home to all of us just how hard it hits the families of victims. It also highlighted some startling statistics, that I, for one wasn’t aware of, but which certainly make me stand up and take note.
• More than half a million breath tests are carried out in the UK every year
• Last year alone 90,000 people were convicted of drink driving
• 3,500 people a year are killed or seriously injured in the UK as a result of drink driving
• 51 per cent of drivers are unaware they could still be over the drink drive limit the morning after
• 17 per cent of all drink drive convictions occur the morning after
• Three large glasses of wine or four pints of beer could be enough to take you over the limit the next day.
If like me you are shocked by these numbers, then please remember, act sensibly. I would like to wish everyone a happy Christmas and a merry New Year, but just remember don’t drink and drive. It’s just not worth it.