Shocking drink-driving figures in Kent

Figures show the alarming rate of drink-driving incidents in Kent. 

More than 1,000 people have been injured in Kent since 2015, due to alcohol impairment.

According to Kent County Council (KCC), there were 674 crashes on the county’s roads during these three years, with 17 serious road fatalities.

The Road Safety team are running a campaign throughout December with the slogan ‘Make the right choice – don’t drink and drive’.

Team leader of The Road Safety team, Vicky Harvey sad: “Drivers must understand it’s not just those above the limit that are at risk. You don’t have to be drunk to be dangerous.

“Just one drink can increase the chances of having a crash, sometimes with tragic consequences for the victims and their families.”

In Kent, over a thousand people have been injured due to alcohol impairment since 2015

Drinkaware are an independent charity that aim to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK. The charity’s chief medical advisor, Fiona Sim, offered advice for those who are tempted to drive after a night of drinking.

Fiona said: “Just because you have been to sleep, it does not mean that you are no longer affected by alcohol.

“The best advice if you are planning to drive the next morning, is to avoid alcohol altogether the night before.

“In general, alcohol is removed from the blood at the rate of about one unit an hour. But this varies from person to person.

“Your weight, age, sex and metabolism can all affect how long it takes for your body to process alcohol. You also need to consider the type and amount of alcohol you are drinking, whether you have eaten and what your stress levels are at the time.

“There’s nothing you can do to speed up the rate alcohol leaves your system. Having a cup of coffee or a cold shower, for example, does not help eliminate the alcohol in any way.

“The Drinkaware website has advice and information on how to avoid drink driving whether that’s on the night itself or the morning after.”

Kent Police have said they will be targeting those under the influence: “Starting on 1st of December, officers from Kent Police will be out in force across the county, following an intelligence-lead approach to target those who recklessly drink and drug drive.

“Officers will be carrying out breath tests, roadside drug swipes and field impairment tests at all times during the day and night to ensure those who break the law are arrested, charged and put before the courts.”

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