With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner it’s likely people across the country will be out celebrating and alcohol may be flowing. Drivers and riders are aware of the serious dangers and consequences alcohol can have; not only to themselves but people around them.
With nearly 4,000 people found to be drink-driving or riding when involved in reported accidents in 20181 and an estimated 8,700 people killed or injured where at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit2, it shows that drivers and riders must make a choice - whether they have a drink or take out their car or bike.
Richard Gladman, head of driving and riding standards at IAM RoadSmart, is on hand with some useful tips to remember this St Patrick’s Day.
Richard said: “An old-fashioned celebration where we go out may be rare with our busy lives, so if you are going to make a night of it then it’s vital to plan the journey carefully. If you are intending to have an alcoholic drink, give up driving or riding for the evening.
“Remember to include the next day in your abstinence from the car and bike keys if it was a heavy night. Make sure the night is memorable for the fun and good company, and not for the ride home from the police station.”
IAM RoadSmart run many rehabilitation courses around the country to offer education to those that have been convicted, whilst proactively informing drivers of the legal limits around drink driving and how consumption can affect a driver’s ability to drive safely. Find out more by visiting www.iamroadsmart.com
Watch IAM RoadSmart's video here: https://youtu.be/G1vFrP8E8Qs
1 Department for Transport
2 Department for Transport
Notes to editors:
1. Richard Gladman, head of driving and riding standards at IAM RoadSmart.
2. IAM RoadSmart has a mission to make better drivers and riders in order to improve road safety, inspire confidence and make driving and riding enjoyable. It does this through a range of courses for all road users, from online assessments through to the advanced driving and riding tests. IAM RoadSmart is the trading name of all businesses operated by the UK’s largest road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and was formed in April 2016 combining the IAM, IAM Drive & Survive, PDS and IAM Driver Retraining Academy. The organisation has 92,000 members and campaigns on road safety on their behalf. At any one time there are over 7,000 drivers and riders actively engaged with IAM RoadSmart’s courses, from members of the public to company drivers, while our Driver Retraining Academy has helped 2,500 drivers to shorten their bans through education and support programmes.
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