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Don’t drink and drive this Christmas

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

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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.

Everyone loves a white Christmas don’t they?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

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As I write this the recent snow and ice seems to be shifting and the borough’s roads and services are getting back to normal. But I’m reliably informed that we haven’t seen the last of these conditions and that they will return with a vengeance.
With that in mind I wanted to use this week’s blog as a reminder for people to take a minute to think about their neighbours and what the council is doing on their behalf to keep things as normal as possible.
As part of my recent Annual Address I highlighted what some of the council’s staff did last year to help the borough’s residents through, what was, the worst winter on record for around 30 years.
The really heart-warming stories of triumph over adversity.
• The caretakers making sure our schools were open;
• the gritting teams keeping our roads open;
• the homecare workers visiting to make sure people were safe and warm;
• the head teacher sleeping in the school to make sure it would be open the next day,
• or our patrollers doing essential shopping and picking up prescriptions for people who couldn’t get out and about.
These are just some examples of our staff going above and beyond and even savings lives.
I would also urge residents to visit our website where you can find daily gritting and school closure details and to read through the booklet we have posted to help our residents cope with the freezing conditions. But above all else I would urge people to keep an eye on their neighbours and make sure they’re safe and well during these freezing months.

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