Our ‘#drinkORdrive’ campaign encourages drivers to not drink and drive and make alternative travel plans when on a night out.
You might think that one or two drinks won’t matter but even a small amount of alcohol can affect your ability to drive safely so the best advice is to make alternative travel plans or avoid alcohol completely if you are driving.
You are more likely to be involved in a crash if you drink drive. Alcohol makes people’s reactions slower and makes processing information more difficult so when driving this can impact on decision making and reactions times, which puts drivers, passengers and other road users at risk. In the last five years 11.6 per cent of fatal crashes and 7.7 per cent of serious collisions involved alcohol impairment.
When going on a night out it is important to plan ahead, to think about getting home, and remember the impact alcohol can still have the morning after. Make sure you organise your taxi before you go out, have bus or train timetables ready, or arrange for a lift with a friend. This reduces the temptation to drive home. Please remember to wear a face covering when using public transport or taxis. It is important that you look out for your friends as well, don’t let your mate or someone you know drink drive.
The consequences of drink driving are serious and can include: a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, a hefty fine up to six months in prison and an endorsement on your licence for 11 years. These can also result in increased car insurance costs, loss of job etc.
If you know someone is drink or drug driving please report it, providing as much information and detail as possible so they can be investigated. You can report them online or by calling 101. Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. If there is an immediate risk to the public always call 999.