Police will be on the road and in communities to make sure that people having fun this New Year are protecting themselves, their friends and whÄnau by not driving while intoxicated.
During the Christmas and New Years period, there were 971 traffic accidents where 91 people were seriously injured and 11 lost their lives. Alcohol or drugs and speed were a factor in more than half of these crashes.
âIf you drink, don’t drive. It’s that simple, âsaid Deputy Commissioner of Deployment and Traffic Enforcement Bruce O’Brien.
âAlcohol and / or drugs are a factor in about a third of all fatalities, so the risk is too high and the consequences are devastating for everyone, including your whÄnau and your friends.
Over the past five years, more than 6,500 personal injury crashes have been caused by alcohol as a contributing factor. 1,584 people were seriously injured and 389 people were killed.
âDo not put your whÄnau and your loved ones in this grief. If you are going to drink, plan how you will get home before you leave to avoid making a bad decision later. Have a companion drive or someone to pick you up, or take a taxi, carpool, or take public transportation. There is always an alternative to drinking and driving.
âAlso make sure you’re using a legitimate rideshare or taxi service. “
Regulated drivers must hold a small passenger service permit and pass a police screening process before they can receive this permit.
âBefore you start racing, make sure the person is who they say they are – look at their ID badge. Do they have a passenger permit and certificate of fitness displayed on the vehicle? Using a taxi, Uber or other passenger transportation service is a great alternative to drinking and driving, âsaid Deputy Commissioner O’Brien. âBut if they’re not properly licensed and certified, don’t come in. You want to know that the driver and their car are safe.
âAnother important note for party people is to stay together. We have to watch each other so that everyone can enjoy their night and get home safely. Don’t let your friends go alone, especially if they’ve been drinking.
âWe want everyone to have a fun and safe holiday season. So remember; don’t drive drunk, plan to get home before you leave, and stick with it.
Frontline staff will remain visible on the roads and in our streets to keep people safe during New Year’s celebrations.
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