Don't get smashed this Christmas....19 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 19, 2002 - 06:09 PM

On 2 December Kent County Council, Kent Police and Medway Council launched their Christmas 2002 Drink Drive Campaign – ‘Don’t Get Smashed This Christmas.’ and since the launch, 502 people have been breath tested after crashes of which 22 tested positive.

2,140 drivers have been breath tested involving other incidents and 119 of those tested positive. On the roads so far this December, 6 people have lost their lives.

You do not have to be drunk to be dangerous: even small amounts of alcohol that are within the legal limit will impair your driving – it will affect your reaction time, your eyesight and your judgement of speed. It also gives you a false sense of security leading to overconfidence and increased risk taking.

Vice-Chairman of KCC’s Highways Advisory Board, Paulina Stockell, said: “This partnership cannot stress enough the dangers of drinking and driving. Not only could you kill yourself, you may kill an innocent driver who has not been drinking. Enjoy the festivities but please think about your driving and be responsible – don’t mix drinking and driving. It is simple enough to call a taxi which is surely better than suffering the consequences of a drink drive crash.�