Drivers urged against drink driving as summer returns

Drivers urged against drink driving as summer returns

Drivers urged against drink driving as summer returns

First published in News

MOTORISTS in Bucks are being warned ot to succumb to the temptation of a summertime drink before getting back behind the wheel as beer garden weather begins to return to the south east.

A leading road safety charity is advising road-users to leave their cars behind if they think they may be likely to enjoy a spot of alcohol on a social outing.

Peter Rodger, chief examiner at The Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: "Summer is a time of BBQs, jam-packed beer gardens and festivals. But it sees a rise in drink-drive casualties too.

"Enjoy yourself and leave the car at home if you plan to celebrate with a drink."

He has offered the following tips on resisting the temptation to drink and drive.

* It's better to be safe than sorry. If you’ve had a few at a summer celebration, don’t try to calculate whether or not you are over the limit. It’s always best to make it "none for the road".

* Remember home measures are often larger than what you’d get in a pub.

* Many crashes involve pedestrians who have been drinking and drivers who haven’t. When walking home after a drink or two, take care and pay attention to your surroundings. When you’re driving, be aware of pedestrians who may be drunk and unpredictable - especially late at night - and be prepared for them to step out without warning.

* If you drive to a party and drink when you didn’t expect to, don’t risk it. Get a taxi or arrange for a friend or family member to collect you.

* A drinking session the night before might put you over the legal limit the following day. Keep this in mind and organise alternative travel plans for the next morning.

* If you are involved in a road accident you will be breathalysed. Don’t risk it, or somebody else’s mistake could become your problem – being hit from behind while sitting at a red traffic light could get you banned.

* Ignore peer pressure. Friends may try to persuade you to risk driving rather than paying for a taxi – but it is your licence, liberty and safety that is at stake.

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12:03am Sun 1 Jun 14

s6blr says...

Given the rubbish lack of maintenance by TfB how could the TVP tell? To safely drive these Bucks roads is like driving a deadly obstacle course!

Of course if you're **** then you might miss them or not suffer spinal injuries from all the holes!
Given the rubbish lack of maintenance by TfB how could the TVP tell? To safely drive these Bucks roads is like driving a deadly obstacle course! Of course if you're **** then you might miss them or not suffer spinal injuries from all the holes! s6blr
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8:58am Mon 2 Jun 14

I know who I am says...

I try to drive round them where I safely can having just had a £248 bill to repair a shock because of pot holes.

Darren Hayday - You replied to my comment a few weeks ago that West Wycombe village was due for repairs soon, no sign yet? The part by the Hell Fire caves turning is particularly bad and getting worse.
I try to drive round them where I safely can having just had a £248 bill to repair a shock because of pot holes. Darren Hayday - You replied to my comment a few weeks ago that West Wycombe village was due for repairs soon, no sign yet? The part by the Hell Fire caves turning is particularly bad and getting worse. I know who I am
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