Don’t drink and drive this festive season

Written by Ellie

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has issued a call to all UK motorists, asking them to act responsibly when it comes to the dangers of drinking and driving this festive season.

Government figures have shown an average of 240 people are killed on the nation's roads every year as a result of drink-related accidents. It is a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2010.

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented: "It is unacceptable that drink-drive deaths have not reduced. The time is now absolutely right for a reduction in the limit, which we believe will give a strong and clear message to anyone still willing to take a risk by drinking and then driving."

Furthermore, while approximately 670,000 roadside alcohol breathalyser tests took place over the Christmas and New Year period last year, one in ten of those tested were either failed or refused.

It paints a stark picture of the ongoing state of drink-driving awareness across the UK, with thousands of people continuing to flout the law and place themselves and others in jeopardy for the sake of a drink.

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "It's not just those who drink and drive at the time of ingesting large quantities of alcohol that present a serious danger; all motorists need to be aware that alcohol takes time to work its way out of their system.

"For this reason, the morning after a night out can be just as dangerous for drivers who have had one too many and the festive season should be a time to remember this fact."

Posted on 5th December 2016

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