9 WAYS YOU CAN HELP GET DRUNKEN AND IRRESPONSIBLE DRIVERS OFF OUR ROADS NOW!
Yes you can actually help to reduce the numbers of deaths and injuries caused by people who drive when drunk or drugged. Many CADD members have lost close relatives killed by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and we are determined to make impaired driving socially unacceptable.
Driving with an illegal blood alcohol content is almost always a deliberate criminal act. Then how is it that people drive to a place or function where they know that they are going to drink alcohol, and then try to drive home? They are fully responsible for any consequences of their impaired driving, and must answer at law for any death, injury or damage they cause. We see death at the hands of a drunken driver akin to Murder/Manslaughter.
1. GET THE FACTS DRINKING AND DRIVING KILLS:
Even if you never drink and drive, alcohol impaired driving is still your problem-because you share the road with others.
Remember these facts: Amongst Britain's road causalities in 2003, those officially attributed to drivers having illegal blood alcohol levels were 2,170 killed or seriously injured!
2. DECIDE FOR YOURSELF:
It is important that each of us makes a rational decision about drinking and driving. The law protects under 18s from alcohol ,as it is actually a potential killer drug.
DO YOU KNOW the law regarding the breathalyser?
DO YOU UNDERSTAND blood alcohol levels and how and why they affect a drivers competence? Even the average social drinker may sometimes drink himself or herself into trouble. One drink leads to another ,so decide not to mix driving with alcohol.
DID YOU KNOW that if you have been drinking the night before you could well be over the limit the next morning!
3. BE A RESPONSIBLE HOST:
Never send your friends out onto the road at the end of a party, after drinking alcohol. Plan to have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available. Have plenty of food. Plan who is going to drive home-someone who will not drink alcohol, nor take drugs. Arrange to call a taxi, organise a lift.
SOMEONE'S LIFE COULD BE IN YOUR HANDS
4. FIGHT FOR TOUGHER LAWS AND REAL PUNISHMENTS SPEAK OUT:
Many CADD members have experienced a severe sense of injustice from the British legal system heaped upon their grief and physical suffering. We have repeatedly called for:
A: Stronger enforcements of existing laws
The Road Traffic Act of 2000 defined a new offence: Causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs which carries a maximum of 14 years jail. This new offence makes it almost impossible for drunken killer drivers to escape justice as they had previously. Death by reckless driving has been changed to dangerous.
CADD urges the authorities to enforce existing traffic laws more strictly and to deter drivers from committing road crimes. The camera for speeding and red-light running will be a conspicuous deterrent. Help to keep our roads safer-write to MPs and the media, sign petitions-SPEAK OUT.
5. REPORT A BAD DRIVER:
If a persistently drunk, or disqualified driver, cannot stop him/herself driving then it is time for the public to act. Inform CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555111 when you see a persistently drunk driver-or a dangerous or disqualified driver-at the wheel. It will be too late after he/she has killed or been killed. Victims families live with the knowledge that had there been no criminal driving there would have been no death.
6. PRESS FOR RANDOM BREATH TESTING:
In countries where an efficient system of random breath testing has been introduced, road deaths have fallen by as much as 30%. These countries include Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and most states of America. Past government committees have recommended the introduction of random breath testing and it is supported by many national organisations- including the British Medical Association, the Parliamentary Council on Road Safety, The Association of Police Surgeons of Great Britain and the Association of Chief Police Officers. If we could achieve only a 10% cut in casualties in the UK it would make these annual savings:
1. Lives of 450 people.
7. FOR YOUR FAMILY YOUR FRIENDS YOUR NEIGHBOURS SET AN EXAMPLE:
Persuade people that drink-driving is Socially Unacceptable. Actions speak louder than words. Your behaviour will clearly support your outrage at this preventable homicide on our roads. Never drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
8. BE A TRUE FRIEND:
Most problem drinkers and drug-takers deny their problems, their fear, their anger, their guilt; and they deny that their impaired driving is a criminal act. If you really want to help when you see your friend has been drinking and wants to drive, say NO! When your mind tells you that your friend is capable of blatantly killing other road users, Say SO! If you're convinced that he or she needs help- Say So Now!
9. SUPPORT CADD'S AIMS:
To reduce the misery and suffering caused by drink driving. Many CADD members have experienced a severe sense of injustice from the British legal system heaped upon their grief and physical suffering. We are campaigning for:
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