Drink or drive - but never both, is the message from Sussex Safer Roads Partnership

With preparations for Christmas now in full swing, the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership is reminding motorists that they have a simple choice facing them this year: to drink or to drive – never both.

Each year, the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) takes to the streets of the county, reminding motorists of the dangers of drinking and driving.

And every festive season, the most common question asked of the Partnership is: “How much can I drink and still be legally allowed to drive?”

The answer to that is simple – there is no way to know if an individual is going to be a danger on the roads, even after just one drink. There are far too many factors determining the rate at which alcohol is absorbed into the body to estimate how much one drink will affect one individual at one particular time.

To add to the uncertainty, the same drink can have completely different effects on different days.

“This year, we’re presenting motorists with a simple choice,” comments Phil Nicholas, Chief Inspector, Roads Policing, Sussex Police. “That choice is to drink or to drive – but never to mix the two.

“The overwhelming majority of drivers make this choice without even thinking about it, reducing the potential harm to them and others. Drinking and driving is socially unacceptable, yet a small minority of motorists ignore the opinions of everyone around them and get behind the wheel after having a few alcoholic drinks.”