As pubs and restaurants in England open for the first time in months, the UK’s leading independent road safety charity is reminding people to make wise choices and if they’re having a drink to leave their vehicle at home.
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, IAM RoadSmart is reminding drivers and riders that drinking and driving has serious consequences for all road users.
Richard Gladman, head of driving and riding standards at IAM RoadSmart, is on hand with some useful tips to remember.
Richard said: “If you are going to head out this weekend to celebrate the further relaxation of lockdown regulations in England, then it’s vital to plan your journey carefully. If you are intending to have an alcoholic drink, it's always recommended to give up driving or riding for the day.
“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, while 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
1 Department for Transport
2 Department for Transport