Somerset County Council’s road safety team is urging everyone to keep the roads alcohol free during the World Cup.
Many people enjoy having a drink or two while watching the football, and with the World Cup kicking off this week this is something that will be happening across the nation.
The road safety team want everyone to enjoy themselves, but at the same time ensure the roads are kept as safe as possible by raising awareness of the dangers of drink-driving.
Nationally in 2016 there were 240 fatalities on the roads attributed to drink-driving. People may say they know their limits and how much they can drink while still being safe to drive, however, the likelihood is they’re wrong. It can only take one alcoholic drink to begin to affect the ability to drive safely, and alcohol affects people differently depending on a number of factors including:
- sex and metabolism (the rate your body uses energy)
- what you’ve eaten recently
- the type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking
- stress levels
It’s also important to remember that alcohol can linger in the blood stream for far longer than people may realise and it’s possible to still be over the legal limit to drive the morning after a night out drinking.
If convicted of drink-driving the penalties are severe and can include:
- A minimum 12 month driving ban
- A criminal record
- A hefty fine
- Up to 6 months in prison
- An endorsement on your licence for 11 years
Not only will you face those immediate penalties, but there can be life-affecting knock-on consequences.
- Your car insurance could go up. Having a criminal record could make it more difficult to get any other kind of insurance.
- Getting into trouble with the law could be seen as gross misconduct by your employer and you could lose your job.
- Having a criminal record could make it very difficult for you to get another job.
- Travelling to a country where you need a visa or a working permit can be very difficult with a criminal record.
Residents of the County should also be aware that Avon and Somerset Police’s drink driving operation ‘Operation Tonic’ will be in force during the duration of the World Cup.
Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said:
“Drink driving puts the lives of everyone who uses the road in danger, and the consequences of a drink driving conviction are far reaching. Keeping the roads alcohol free will help to ensure that the county’s roads are a safe place for everyone. So remember, if you’re driving it’s always safer to have none for the road…and come on England!”
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.