Drink driving campaigns – not just for Christmas
Drink driving – the importance of tackling the issue all year round
Driving gives individuals, the freedom and independence they crave but it also puts them in control of a machine that can kill if the wrong decisions are made.
One thing that causes significant problems for all of this is the fact that there is a human element to driving a vehicle and that means that wrong decisions and bad choices are made every second of every day. Choosing to take a turning too late, failing to acknowledge that vehicle in your blind spot, or failing to indicate can cause problems but what happens when an individual decides to get behind the wheel when under the influence of alcohol?
Drink driving the focus seems to be Christmas
For decades, the police have been trying to tackle the issue of drink-driving and at this time of year, when the party season is in full swing, the police make a point of increasing their checks and raising awareness.
This is a great initiative, the more checks they carry out, the more likely they are to catch people who are under the influence but it will also make people think twice about carrying out the offence. With all of this in mind, there are still those who make the decision to have the odd drink or more and then drive home and this is where problems arise.
Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol puts people at risk and it is not just the driver. There are pedestrians and other road users who are at risk because being drunk behind the wheel results in slower reaction times, a lack of concentration and reckless decisions, it really is a recipe for disaster.
So, should the police only tackle this issue at Christmas time?
The Stats say not just one month of the year, so should we be doing more about drink driving?
We have all seen the adverts, the posters and the police waiting around the corner carrying out their random checks at Christmas – but is this enough?
At Christmas time, people drink a lot but the same can be said for the remaining eleven months of the year because, in the UK alone, the intake of alcohol has increased considerably and so, the same problem still remains, in fact, the statistics paint a clear picture.
Around 85,000 people are convicted of drink driving related offences each year and not just at Christmas, proving just how much of a problem it is. Around 1,000 people are killed on the roads each year in drink driving related accidents with just short of 4,000 people being injured every year.
The statistics are shocking and we know that it is a problem. The figures over the past four decades have undoubtedly improved and that is a clear indication that the police are doing what they set out to achieve and that is a good thing.
What should be considered, is the stance that the police take on drink driving all-year round. If they focused on drink driving from January to November in the same way that they do during December, then you could see the number of convictions increase but the number of deaths fall considerably.
In the end it all comes down to money and police budgets, but can you put a price on a life saving campaign?
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