This week is National Road Safety Week, and today Greater Manchester Police have launched their annual drink drive clampdown.
As road charity Brake’s MP of the year for 2008 road safety is a priority for me. Christmas is a time for celebrating with friends and family but nothing would ruin the occasion more than Drink Driving.
Traditional the Christmas period is the worst time of year for drink drive offences and in December last year, 595 people were injured, 49 seriously injured and eight lost their lives across the UK.
In August 2012 I wrote a blog calling time on drink driving.
In 2012 alcohol was the factor behind 336 collisions. Of these incidents 66 involved serious injuries, 265 involved slight injuries and 5 people lost their lives in Greater Manchester alone.
This year’s message is ‘None for the Road’ and police will be using a drink drive crash car and driving simulator at the launch of the clampdown to reiterate the message.
I agree with Inspector Matt Bailey-Smith from the Serious Collision Unit when he says the only safe amount to drink is nothing at all. I have long argued for a reduction in the drink drive limit and urge this years designated drivers to avoid alcohol all together.
Just 2 units of alcohol, the equivalent of 1 pint is enough to slow reaction times and massively increase the risks of being involved in a crash.
To keep up-to-date with the drink-drive campaign, follow @GMPolice, @DriveSafeGM and @ManchesterFire and follow the hashtag #NoneForTheRoad
If you see somebody drink-driving this year please call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Don't ruin your Christmas, or someone elses, by Drinking and Driving. And stay safe.