Northumbria’s police commissioner has expressed concern over the rise in drink and drug driving figures and has vowed to continue Operation Dragoon which aims to promote safe driving and road use. The campaign held over the World Cup appears to have had little impact meaning that people are still risking their own and other people’s lives while on the road. Chief Constable Sue Sim stated that even a small amount of alcohol can impair driving ability and reckless driving can cost people their lives.
According to national figures, just under 1,000 of the failed drink and drug driving tests administered by police involved drivers under the age of 25. Operation Dragoon is aimed at every road user and aims to promote a message of road safety across the board. The campaign is also aimed at providing advice and education to cyclists, drivers, pedestrians and motorcyclists in order to help prevent accidents and fatalities involving vulnerable road users.
Staying safe on the road
Drink and drug driving can cause serious accidents and has been known to cause fatalities on the road. To keep safe, stick to the limit or do not drink any alcohol before stepping into your vehicle to drive. Drug driving is particularly problematic and can increase the risk of serious injury or death if there is an accident on the road. Staying safe means keeping other drivers and road users safe too, so keep this in mind when you use your vehicle. Of course, you may be a safe road user, but there may be someone else on the road who has been using drugs or drinking alcohol. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and the other driver is found to be under the influence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Road traffic accident compensation
Our team at Accident Advice Helpline are experts and can help you make your compensation claim where there is evidence someone else was at fault for an accident on the road. If you want to speak with an adviser, contact us using our free 24-hour phone line on 0800 689 0500 or use our online claims form to begin your claim. Provided that your accident was the fault of another road user, you were injured during the accident and the incident occurred within the last three years, we can represent you when you make your compensation claim to the party at fault.