Driving school warns Winchester drivers ahead of New Year's Eve parties

Driving school warns Winchester drivers ahead of New Year's Eve parties

Driving school warns Winchester drivers ahead of New Year's Eve parties

First published in Winchester

A DRIVING school is urging young drivers in Winchester to stay away from drink at New Year’s Eve parties tonight.

BSM driving school has come up with a five-point plan to avoid accidents on the road.

The plan is as follows: - Not getting into a car with a driver you know to be over the legal alcohol limit or who has taken an illegal substance.

- Looking after your friends – if you know someone is over the limit or has taken an illegal drug try to persuade them not to drive. Peer pressure can be used positively.

- Adopting a ‘zero tolerance’ position by not drinking any alcohol if driving.

- Not taking any illegal drugs if driving.

- Organising a designated driver or pre-booking a licensed taxi for New Year’s Eve.

A BSM study suggests only 59 per cent of young drivers would try to stop a friend drink driving while only 54 per cent would try to stop a friend under the influence of drugs from driving.

But Mark Peacock, head of BSM, said: “We are really urging young drivers to take care of themselves and their friends on the biggest party night of the year. “The majority of them do have a sensible attitude to keeping themselves and their friends safe and we need to encourage this to spread further in their peer group.”

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