Alex Cunningham, Member of Parliament for Stockton North, today backed the THINK! awareness campaign warning of the dangers of drinking and driving.
In 2011, 280 people died as result of drink-driving in the UK. The annual campaign, launched today by THINK! and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), will show hard-hitting television adverts to emphasise the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and will warn drivers that getting behind the wheel after a festive tipple could see them end up behind bars this Christmas.
Last year, drivers aged between 20 and 24 failed more breath tests than any other age group. As a result, this year’s campaign will be aimed at younger drivers. The campaign will also target well-intentioned drivers who do not think they are breaking the law but may still be over the legal limit by the time they get into their cars the morning after a night of drinking.
“I fully support the annual THINK! campaign, which launched today. Christmas is always a joyous occasion, but we want to ensure that joy doesn’t turn to tragedy because of a foolish mistake. I would urge all my constituents to take due care and attention over the festive period, and would especially urge younger drivers to take care when on the roads.”
ACPO roads policing lead, Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, said:
“If you don’t drink and drive this Christmas you reduce the risk of killing an innocent person, or yourself. It is really that simple.”