December 18, 2013

Driving Hazards During Christmas

The drink-driving message is a clear one this Christmas with Think! launching a campaign to demonstrate the serious impact drink-driving can have on an individual’s job prospects. The effects of alcohol can still be the same the day after drinking. The legal limit is 35mcg of alcohol per 100ml and the consumption to reach that level depends on a number of factors including age, metabolism and weight. Drug-driving is also an increasing problem – the penalty for driving under the influence of drugs is the same as drink-driving and is also a serious concern.

Below are some other points to consider when driving this Christmas:

– Speeding: as Christmas draws closer, everyone is in a rush to complete that last bit of shopping but remember stick to the speed limit to avoid serious consequences or the risk of a penalty. Make preparations for adverse weather conditions as well and drive accordingly.

Mobile phones: It is a criminal offence to use a mobile handset not only whilst driving but even if the engine is running.

– Pedestrians: Look out for pedestrians whilst driving and the same rules apply if you are a pedestrian – take extra care when crossing roads and stick to the pavement.

– Cyclists: The rise in cyclist deaths in recent months demonstrate the vulnerability of cyclists so make sure you look out for them. If you are a cyclist abide by the road rules and do not cycle after drinking.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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