Football fans are being urged to stay safe during Euro 2016 by avoiding the temptation to get behind the wheel after drinking.
With millions of people heading off to the pub or Euro 2016 barbecue parties to cheer on England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in France, road safety charity Brake is reminding them of the dangers of drink driving.
Campaigns adviser Alice Bailey says even a small amount of alcohol makes it at least three times likelier that someone will have an accident. She says the only safe amount to drink before driving is “none at all”.
Drunk drivers, Ms Bailey says, can cause accidents that shatter their own families’ lives as well as those of other road users.
‘Leave cars at home’
Those wanting to have a drink while watching the matches on the big screen at a pub, she says, should leave their cars at home.
Alternatively, those going out with friends, could let a non-drinking designated driver take the rest of the team back home after the match.
Each year about 250 people are killed in road accidents involving at least one driver who is over the legal alcohol limit.
That means around 20 families could have their lives devastated by drink driving between the Euro 2016’s kick-off and the final in Paris on July 10.
More admit drink driving
A recent government survey suggests that the proportion of motorists who admit to drink-driving has risen from 2% to 4% over the last three years.
The number admitting driving when they might be over the legal limit has jumped to 9% to 7%.
The proportion of 17 to 34-year-olds deeming it totally unacceptable for someone to drive when they’re not sure if they’re over the limit, meanwhile, has fallen to 61% from 71%, the survey indicates.
Date Published: June 21, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown