Graham Hurdle's blog: 4th August: Sun, Alcohol and Driving - A dangerous cocktail!
04 August 2014
Graham Hurdle is managing director of E-Training World
August is here, and with it comes barbecues, long days on the beach and busy beer gardens. A downside of the lovely weather is people become more relaxed and are tempted to have a few drinks and then drive. Thames Valley police reported the average driver caught over the limit was twice the legal limit of 35 microgrammes per 100 milliliters of breath.
I live in a tourist area on the south coast near Chichester and at this time of year I sadly witness more people in pub gardens having two or three large glasses of wine with their lunch and then getting into their cars. The question I ask myself is, would those people drink and drive normally or is it because they are on holiday?
Part of the enjoyment of going away on holiday is the ability to 'switch off' and I sometimes feel this happens to the extreme. For example, when I also see tourists ambling across the streets with ice creams, not even looking before they step out into the road, its as if being on their annual vacation makes them immune from normal life.
But the increase of drivers on our roads during August with alcohol in their system is a real concern, and is certainly not an acceptable part of 'switching off' for your holiday. Coupled with the fact that many are driving on unfamiliar roads with their minds on anything but driving, doing U-turns, stopping to take photos, and often hindered because their rear window is so laden with luggage, it makes driving in tourist areas a nightmare.
So, if your company drivers are about to go on holiday, or are even just enjoying this glorious weather at home, please put a warning out to them of the dangers of summer driving. And tell them not be tempted to drink and drive.