OK – it’s not as catchy as the original but we really are coming to a street, carpark, and shopping centre near YOU this Christmas.
To try and keep as many people as possible on the ‘nice’ list, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
(SYSRP) is heading out on a tour of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield to warn people about the dangers of drink and drug driving.
The Ivan is there as a visible reminder that even the smallest amount of alcohol can affect your judgement and that the safest way to drive this Christmas is to have ‘none’ for the road.
Joanne Wehrle, SYSRP manager, said: “We want to get the message out to as many people as possible to try and stop them from taking any risks on our roads.
“You may be having a few drinks at home this Christmas and it’s so important to make sure you are fully sober before getting behind the wheel, especially the morning after.
“An average liver can process approximately one unit of alcohol per hour, starting one hour after drinking has stopped. This means that if someone drinks 12 units, it can take them roughly 13 hours to fully sober up.”
This Saturday (12 Dec), the Ivan will be travelling around Barnsley and Rotherham stopping off at high-footfall areas including supermarkets and shopping centres.
If you see us, please give us a wave but more importantly take away the message that will in turn keep us all safer this Christmas.
“If you are caught, you may banned from driving, have points added on your licence, an unlimited fine, or even imprisonment,” added Joanne.
“This will mean increased insurance costs, potential job loss and even restrictions on travel to other countries.
“But think about how you would feel if you killed or seriously injured someone. Please don’t make life harder, please don’t drink and drive.”
South Yorkshire Police will also be out and about conducting road-side breath tests.