Don’t take a chance on your night of romance!

This Valentine’s, Somerset County Council’s road safety team wants to have a heart-to-heart about the night before and the morning after.

Whether you’re being taken out for a romantic meal or having one lovingly prepared for you at home the chances are you’ll be accompanying it with a glass or two to of your favourite tipple. Somerset Road Safety wants you to enjoy your evening but also wants to ensure that everyone stays safe and doesn’t end the night, or the morning after, with a drink drive conviction or worse.

Here are our top tips

  • Plan ahead if you’re going out and pre-book a taxi or designate a driver to ensure you know how you’re going to get home safely.
  • It only take one alcoholic drink to affect your ability to drive safely so if you’ve drawn the short straw and ‘volunteered’ to drive it’s worth erring on the side of caution and sticking to the soft drinks.
  • Alcohol can linger in the blood stream for far longer than you may realise and this means it’s entirely possible to be over the legal limit to drive the morning after having a few drinks.
  • The only remedy proven to remove alcohol from the bloodstream is ‘time’ so planning ahead can help keep you safe the following morning.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “I hope everyone has a very happy Valentine’s but please do follow the simple advice of our road safety team if you’re enjoying a drink with a loved one. Drink driving puts the lives of everyone on the road at risk, so please think twice – whatever the occasion.”

For more information on road safety in Somerset, please visit www.somersetroadsafety.org. You can also find Somerset Road Safety on Facebook www.facebook.com/somersetroadsafety, Twitter www.twitter.com/SCC_RoadSafety, or Instagram www.instagram.com/somersetroadsafety.