Engaging police roadshows drive home dangers of drink and drug driving
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The life-shattering results and repercussions of drink and drug driving were plain to see for revellers who took part in interactive and educational police roadshow events.
Members of the public were invited to take part in some sobriety tests including being challenged to try on a pair of ‘beer googles’ and walk in a straight line, simulating how alcohol or drugs can impair your reactions.
In a ground-breaking first, officers also handed out unique sobriety activity packs to those taking part. These educational packs include a selection of activities and tasks people can complete with family and friends, raising wider awareness in a bid to make our roads safer.
They included pairs of ‘beer goggles’, simulating how alcohol can affect your reactions and impair your ability to drive, a true and false game, a QR code participants can use to give their feedback on their experiences, and informative materials for people to read.
Hard-hitting facts were also shared with members of the public, increasing their knowledge concerning the devastating impact of drink and drug driving.
The first of our eye-opening roadshows took place in Nottingham city centre on Friday and Saturday, with the next event due to be held in Mansfield’s Market Square, Mansfield town centre, on Friday (8 December), from 5pm till 6.30pm.
It's all part of our awareness-raising ‘A Deadly Mix’ campaign, which aims to educate people of the dangers and consequences of drink and drug driving.
As well as engaging with the public, officers will continue to be out and about carrying out drink and drug drive enforcement to keep our roads safe.
Roads policing officers stopped around 40 vehicles in the Nottingham area over both nights, administering breath tests and drugs wipes as appropriate.
As a result, two drivers were arrested on suspicion of drink driving and one motorist was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive through drugs.
Three people were also reported for summons for having no licence/insurance.
Among our officers who engaged with people at our first roadshows was PCSO Solomon Clark. He said: "We had a strong turnout of people, and we received lots of positive feedback.
“It was clear to me that a lot of people who attended learned something new about the dangers of drink and drug driving and were also really shocked at how difficult it was just to walk in a straight line wearing our ‘beer goggles’ and keep their balance.
"It was about getting across the serious message to people, in a fun way, how consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs can affect your reactions.
"We gave helpful feedback and advice to those who had a go at our tests, and they were able to see how we are doing things differently.”
Inspector John Lees added: "As a force, our work is ongoing to drive down the number of people who risk their lives and the lives of others on our county’s roads by choosing to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs.
"There are no excuses and we can all play a part in stopping it. If you know or suspect that someone is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, try to discourage them but if they won’t listen to you ring us and report them.
"Call us on 101 or 999 if there's an immediate threat to life or property. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Officers will be in Mansfield’s Market Square on Friday, from 5pm until 6.30pm, ready to answer your questions, educate you on the dangers of drink and drug driving, and to put your reactions to the test.
Come down and put your reactions to the test and see for yourself just how dangerous drink driving is and say hello to the team.
Further roadshow events will be held at Nottingham’s Trinity Square on Thursday 14 December, 5pm-6.30pm, and Mansfield’s Market Square on Friday 15 December, 5pm-6.30pm.