Drinking & Driving

 

Since the breathalyser was introduced in 1968, the number of road deaths due to drinking and driving have declined considerably. However, a stubborn core of drink drivers remains responsible for around 500 deaths per year.

Bath & North East Somerset Council fully supports the Government's drinking and driving campaigns and also the work of the Bath Alcohol Forum in promoting sensible drinking. 

APE Theatre Company's touring play, "Too Much Punch for Judy", based on a real life drink driving tragedy, has been performed in most of the area's secondary schools over the last few years.

Have None for the Road

Many drivers still misjudge the amount of alcohol they can drink without being over the limit. Calculations can be hazardous, especially where a heavy nights drinking leaves you with a high blood alcohol level, as well as tiredness, the following morning. 

The best advice, therefore, is not to drink any alcohol before driving.

For more information on Drink Driving, please click here

Drugs and Fatigue

 

Two other sources of driver impairment are drugs and fatigue. Police calculate that 20% of all motorway crashes are due to drivers falling asleep at the wheel.

Taking sensible measures, such as taking a short break if driving for more than two hours, or as soon as you feel drowsy, can make all the difference.

Drugs, both legal and illegal, can impair a driver's alertness. Many medicines carry warnings, while GP's and pharmacists can advise on the potential effects of prescribed drugs on driving.

Drugs can have unpredictable effects and may lead to problems such as:

  • Slower reaction times when driving
  • Altered perceptions of distance and time
  • Blurred or distorted vision

Illegal drugs will vary in their impact on driving ability according to type, strength and quality. The effects may be hard to monitor or predict so, as with drinking and driving, the safest advice is - don't.

If you drive after taking drugs you may not only be putting yourself and others in danger - but you also stand the chance of prosecution and losing your licence.   

Mobile Phones

 

Using mobile phones is another source of distraction. 

The use of hand held mobile phones whilst driving is now a specific offence. Please click here for more information.

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