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World Cup fever warning for drivers

Date: 14 May 2010

World Cup celebrations (or commiserations) could lead to a potential increase in drink-drive related incidents affecting staff and companies, warned fleet and fuel management firm Arval.

According to its fleet and road safety manager Tracey Scarr, there is temptation and potential danger for excessive alcohol consumption and its effects on safe driving practice should not be overlooked, particularly in the business world.

She thinks companies should look to prepare for the football with a proactive approach to communication, information and support that includes appropriate reminders to staff around drink-driving limit issues when it affects drivers in the workplace, and to think about putting some practical measures in place to prevent drink-driving 'own goals' for businesses.

"No-one wants to dampen the enthusiasm the country will feel for the forthcoming tournament. However, businesses in particular need to be mindful of staff issues around excessive consumption of alcohol and the obvious consequences for safe driving practice,." Scarr added.

Sarah Fatica, general manager at road safety charity Brake said, "Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely and impacts on your reaction times and judgment. It can be far too easy to get carried away in the excitement of a match and start drinking, or drink more, than you'd originally planned.

"We're challenging all drivers drinking during the World Cup to plan, in advance, how they're getting home as well as planning enough time to sober up before driving the next day. A decrease in drink-drive casualties this summer is the one thing we should all be supporting this World Cup."