South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership

Crowds are expected to flock to South Yorkshire’s watering holes this weekend as pubs are finally allowed to re-open after 14 weeks in lockdown.

With many people heading out in celebration, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP) is urging pub-goers to ‘think before they drink’ and plan how they will get home so they are not tempted to get behind the wheel.   

Alcohol affects driving by reducing the ability to judge speed and distance, giving a false sense of security and increasing the tendency to take risks.

Joanne Wehrle, manager of SYSRP, urged people to plan ahead in the hope that everyone has a happy and safe weekend. 

“We have waited a long time to go out to the pub for a drink and for those making the trip it will be a different experience,” she said.  

“But one thing that hasn't changed is the plea to not drink and drive.

“After spending so long in lockdown, the opportunity to get out and meet up with friends again will be very tempting.

“With options such as public transport off limits, the car may seem the best way to get to the pub.

“But remember that only a small amount of alcohol can impair your judgement when driving, so it’s best to have none for the road and nominate someone to drive who won’t be drinking.

“Or consider supporting your local pub and take a walk there as part of your daily exercise.    

There are strict penalties if you are convicted of drink driving, including a minimum 12-month driving ban, a criminal record, a fine, up to six months in prison and an endorsement on your licence for 11 years.   

A conviction for drink driving also means your car insurance costs will increase significantly and if you drive for work, your employer will see your conviction on your licence.    

“Remember if you have had a lot to drink, this may mean that you still have alcohol in your system the next day,” added Joanne.  

“So whether you are going to the pub or having a drink at home in the garden, beware the morning after, you could still be over the legal limit to drive.

“We want everyone to have a good time this weekend but remember to social distance in the pub and look out for others when travelling there and back.

“Don’t be tempted to drink and drive, the consequences just aren’t worth it.    

“Could you really live with yourself if you killed someone as a result of drink driving?”

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