Hertfordshire Road Safety Campaigns - Impact
Don't be a Dummy - Don't Drink and Drive!
Motorists in Hertfordshire are being urged not to drive while under the influence of alcohol during the festive season as part of a joint Christmas drink drive campaign.
Hertfordshire Constabulary and roads authority Hertfordshire County Council are running a united road safety campaign throughout December informing motorists of the dangerous consequences of drink or drug driving. Two key messages for drivers during the campaign are that police will be stopping drivers around the clock in December and to warn and remind drivers that they can still be over the limit the morning after.
The launch of the campaign coincides with the launch of a new reporting line (details below), which is a dedicated number for Hertfordshire residents to report to police people who they suspect may be drink driving. Going live on 1st December, the number will stay in operation throughout the month and beyond. Calls on this line will be handled by staff and officers within the Force Control Room.
You can report a drink driver anonymously using the new Herts Police Reporting Line 01707 354111. For more information on the reporting line or to contact the Police using an online form please visit their dedicated page by clicking here.
What IMPACT will you have?
Last year on the roads of Hertfordshire there were 2,650 accidents, resulting in 356 people being seriously injured or dying, and many of them were avoidable.
The impact on the lives of family, friends, and you from a road collision can be life changing. Would you willingly inflict pain and distress on yourself, someone you love, or a complete stranger?
Hertfordshire County Council is running a series of Hertfordshire Road Safety campaigns to make motorists more aware of the risks out and about on our roads, and how to avoid them.
Please take some time to click on the links on this page which have more information and some useful tips/tools - it might just save yours or someone elses life.
(text below taken from think.direct.gov.uk)
Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. You risk a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record. Tolerance to alcohol depends on a combination of factors: weight, age, gender, stress and recent food consumption – don’t risk it. For more information including details of limits and penalties click here.
You’re four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone while driving – is it really worth the risk? It’s illegal to use a hand-held mobile when driving on the road. If you are caught, you could be fined and lose your licence and your insurance costs could go up. For more information click here.
Drivers and passengers aged 17-34 have the lowest seatbelt-wearing rates combined with the highest accident rate. Drivers and passengers who fail to wear seatbelts in the front and back of vehicles are breaking the law. Drivers caught without a seatbelt face on-the-spot fines of £60. For more information click here.
The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens. The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph. Speed limits are there for a reason. For more information click here.
- Impact Valentines Campaign (PDF file 529KB)