As the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP) and South Yorkshire Police launch their drink driving awareness campaign, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings is adding his support by urging people to plan ahead and think before they drink or take drugs this Christmas.
Research shows that you are three times more likely to die on the road if you drive after even the smallest amount of alcohol as well as risking prison, a driving ban and an unlimited fine.
This week South Yorkshire Police officers will be increasing enforcement across the four districts, with dedicated activity at all times of day.
PCC, Dr Billings said: “There is no definitive way to tell how much alcohol will put you over the limit; this varies depending on many factors, such as your weight, age and how much you’ve eaten before drinking.
“To be absolutely certain you are not putting yourself, other road users and pedestrians at risk, I urge people to plan their journeys in advance and not drink at all if they plan on driving. This helps to prevent unnecessary devastation for families and loved ones caused by driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.”
In South Yorkshire, police enforcement will be supported by a four-week awareness campaign throughout the festive period, that will feature on social media and roadside screens. A digital advan will tour high footfall areas across the county reminding people of the dangers of even one drink when driving.