TTC Group is warning all road users of a ‘critical mix of events’ which it fears could see an increase in drink driving cases during the coming UK holiday season.
With staycations the order of the day for many this year; a general feeling of relief with the easing of lockdown restrictions; and continued public transport restrictions, TTC Group’s Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) division fears the combination could lead to an increase in drink driving cases in the coming weeks and months.
Historically, summertime sees a surge in drink-driving cases, with a recent freedom of information request highlighting 2,861 motorists were caught driving under the influence in July 2019. And TTC Group fears this year, with its unique set of circumstances, could influence numbers even more.
‘Our aim is to make communities safer by empowering people, through education, to make the right life choice,’ said head of TTC’s DDRS division, Tim Ribton. ‘By sounding out a warning we hope to attract the attention of the authorities, businesses and the general public because we do see an almost perfect storm brewing over the coming weeks and months.’
The Department for Transport’s (DfT) latest road safety review highlights that despite the UK having some of the safest roads in Europe, the past decade has seen a plateauing in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads. And since 2014 there has been a rise in the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions where the driver was over the legal blood alcohol limit.
TTC Group is not just aiming its advice at those taking days out or on staycations, but so too for those heading out on perhaps their first business engagements for some time or to catch up with colleagues and peers who they may have not seen in person since lockdown began.
‘We are by no means saying do not enjoy the summer season - in line with government guidelines, of course - but we really do want to encourage people to think about their plans because unless meeting within a walkable distance from home, driving to and from such engagements is currently the most convenient and only real option for many right now.
‘With that the message is simple: if you are driving, do not drink.’
TTC Group is the UK’s largest provider of drink driving courses, with local venues across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Appointed by the Department for Transport and the Department for Infrastructure, TTC has successfully delivered the Drink-Drive Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) for over 25 years.
DDRS educates people on alcohol and its effects and reduces reoffending with data highlighting 99.2% of TTC attendees have a more positive attitude towards alcohol and safe driving.
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