Don’t take the risk with drink or drug driving this festive season!

With the festive season well underway, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are reminding revellers not to drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

Figures show that in the past three years, eight people were killed and 81 seriously injured in Warwickshire following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor. The Service is hoping that this year, that figure will be much lower by raising awareness of the issues around drink and drug driving and issuing a very simple message – don’t take the risk.

Community Fire Prevention and Arson Manager, Moreno Francioso said: “The festive season means party season for many of us, with plans to celebrate with colleagues and friends. There is no way of knowing how any amount of alcohol or other drugs in your system could impair your ability to drive safely so don’t take the risk! If you are planning to have a drink, make alternative arrangements to get yourself home.

“Unfortunately, our crews regularly attend collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor. In the last three years, the families of eight people have been devastated by their loved one being killed in a collision in Warwickshire involving drink or drugs, with many other people being seriously injured.

“We do not want anyone’s Christmas to be ruined this year due to an avoidable collision. So please take our advice, celebrate safely and don’t drink or take drugs and drive. Where needed use public transport, taxis and only accept a lift from a designated, sober driver. The last thing we want to do is to have to cut you free from your vehicle or worse, leave the scene knowing that your family are going to have the worst Christmas of their lives!”

Warwickshire County Councillor Howard Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety added: “We want everyone in Warwickshire to celebrate the season safely, and this means not taking the risk when it comes to drink or drug driving. With so many different options available to get home safely, there can be no excuses. By driving under the influence of drink or drugs you are not only risking your own life, but the lives of other motorists and pedestrians also.

“It is also difficult to know how much alcohol could still be in your system the following morning. If you know you are driving the following morning, be mindful of not drinking heavily the night before.”

Read more about drink and drug driving at the Road Safety Partnership website