Drinking & Driving
Bath & North East Somerset Council fully supports the Government's drinking and driving campaigns and also the work of the Bath Alcohol Forum in promoting sensible drinking.
APE Theatre Company's touring play, "Too Much Punch for Judy", based on a real life drink driving tragedy, has been performed in most of the area's secondary schools over the last few years.
Have None for the Road
The best advice, therefore, is not to drink any alcohol before driving.
Drugs and Fatigue
Taking sensible measures, such as taking a short break if driving for more than two hours, or as soon as you feel drowsy, can make all the difference.
Drugs, both legal and illegal, can impair a driver's alertness. Many medicines carry warnings, while GP's and pharmacists can advise on the potential effects of prescribed drugs on driving.
Drugs can have unpredictable effects and may lead to problems such as:
- Slower reaction times when driving
- Altered perceptions of distance and time
- Blurred or distorted vision
Illegal drugs will vary in their impact on driving ability according to type, strength and quality. The effects may be hard to monitor or predict so, as with drinking and driving, the safest advice is - don't.
If you drive after taking drugs you may not only be putting yourself and others in danger - but you also stand the chance of prosecution and losing your licence.
The use of hand held mobile phones whilst driving is now a specific offence. Please click here for more information.