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You don’t have to feel drunk to be dangerous

Date: 11/12/2009           Category: Community Safety

The Twelve Days of Christmas will take on a cautionary twist next Thursday, 17 December, during an open-air performance in Chatham High Street. Medway Council’s Safer Journeys Team are trying to dispel the myth that one alcoholic drink is acceptable when driving, so they have given the popular festive song a road safety theme. A choir will sing the song at 4pm near the entrance to the Pentagon Shopping Centre. The performance will be followed at 8pm by Kent Fire and Rescue, who will show the very real consequences of mixing alcohol and driving, as they rescue two people from a car in a staged re-enactment. Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services said: “We are all very aware that drinking and driving is dangerous and illegal, however many people think that one drink is OK. But in reality that one drink will still have an effect on your reactions. The best bet is to leave the car keys at home”. Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s Head of community Safety, Stuart Skilton, said: that around 1,200 road traffic collisions each year and that this is 25 per cent more than the number of house fires. He added: “There are around 10 times more deaths on the roads compared with fires. It’s our firefighters who have to cut these drivers and their passengers free, so when they are badly hurt or killed, our crews see much more than just a statistic. We would urge all motorists to drive carefully.” For more information visit: www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk