Christmas safer driving campaign underway

Released on 21 December 2017

South Staffordshire council news

Christmas 2017 drink-drive campaign

Police Constable Wayne Green and Councillor Roger Lees from South Staffordshire Council promoting the Christmas safer driving campaign.

This year's annual safer driving campaign over the festive period is now underway in South Staffordshire and both the Police and local council are urging drivers not to drink-drive this Christmas. The festive crackdown aims to educate drivers about the dangers of drinking alcohol before driving and reduce the number of drink-drive offences.

Police Constable Wayne Green from Staffordshire Police said, “Drink driving kills and ruins many lives. It's a major cause of road traffic collisions and our Police Officers will be out and about and carrying out roadside checks throughout the day and night to keep the roads in South Staffordshire safer this Christmas. It's all about making sure people enjoy the festivities in the right way and ensuring people drive their vehicles in a fit state.

“The penalties for a drink-drive conviction include a minimum 12-month driving ban, a criminal record, an unlimited fine, up to six months in prison and an 11-year driving licence endorsement. If you suspect someone is about to drive under the influence, call 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report any concerns relating to drink driving anonymously using Crimestoppers on www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111."

Councillor Roger Lees, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services and Deputy Leader of South Staffordshire Council, said, “Christmas is a time when people get together and enjoy themselves but the message is clear - don't let drink driving ruin your life or anyone else's. Alcohol has an impact on your driving ability and affects reaction times. If you're going out and intend to drink, then plan ahead and book a taxi or get a lift with someone who isn't drinking alcohol."

For more road safety information, go to www.staffordshire.police.uk/drinkdrugdrive For the facts about alcohol use, go to www.drinkaware.co.uk


Contact details

For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Council Offices,
Wolverhampton Road,
Codsall,
South Staffordshire,
WV8 1PX

Tel: 01902 696000

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