Help offered to prevent Chritmas road tragedies

PUBLISHED: 09:32 13 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:53 17 June 2010

HELP is being offered to responsible employers to ensure partying during the festive season does not end in tragedy on Devon s roads.

HELP is being offered to responsible employers to ensure partying during the festive season does not end in tragedy on Devon's roads.

Devon County Council's Road Safety Team wants to combat 'morning after' drink drive concerns by providing companies with free five-hour training sessions for employees.

The council says it is a common assumption that drivers under the influence of alcohol are arrested on their way home from the pub, but in reality the effects of alcohol can last well into the next morning and drivers could still be over the limit and have their driving abilities impaired.

Sessions include information on various drink drive related issues, and background information including morning after risks and how to avoid being in a position where you could be at risk of driving while over the limit.

Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council Executive Member for Environment, said: "Drink driving needlessly puts lives at risk on our roads and while attitudes have changed in recent decades it is still a very real problem."

Businesses interested in further information on the service can e-mail rshelp@devon.gov.uk.

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