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Nominate DES this Christmas

Date: 09/12/2008           Category: Highways Traffic and Parking

This Christmas Medway Council's Road Safety Team along with Kent Police is urging drivers to stay sober and nominate a designated driver (DES) for nights out. The Road Safety Team has issued the warning following the Department for Transport's drink drive campaign, which reminded drink drivers that if caught drink driving they would be treated like any other criminal – they face giving blood and DNA samples and being locked in a police cell. During the last year (December 2007 to October 2008) Kent Police have stopped more than 2,000 drivers on roadside breath tests. Around nine per cent of those gave a positive reading or failed to provide a blood specimen, meaning more than 200 people were arrested. Medway Council's Principle Safety Officer Su Negus said: “Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive so the only way to make sure you are not above the limit is to avoid drinking altogether when you know you are driving. Alternatively, get a licensed taxi home or allocate a designated driver for the evening.” Editor notes: The legal limit for drivers is 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, or 0.08 per cent of blood alcohol concentration.