Release date: 29 November 2019
Children of emergency service employees are encouraging drivers to think twice about the dangers of drink driving this Christmas.
In 2018, 28 people in West Sussex died or were left with serious, life changing injuries as a result of drink or drug driving.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has launched its ‘All I Want For Christmas’ campaign which features Firefighter Vikki Mayne, Police Constable Glen McArthur, Paramedic Chris Attfield and children; Esme, six, and Theo, four, who each try to persuade drivers not to risk it and to get home safely.
In the series, Firefighter Vikki, says: “All I want for Christmas is not to have to attend another collision due to driving under the influence.”
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, said: “As a service we attend many incidents where drink or drug driving has been the cause. They are never easy, but they can be so easily avoided.
“Road traffic collisions can have a catastrophic impact upon people’s lives. At Christmas these incidents can be all the more difficult for families who have to deal with the aftermath. Please think about how you are going to get home after a night out and ensure you have plans in place.
“We have joined with all of our blue light partners to deliver this campaign because it’s such an important issue nationally – not just to West Sussex.
“Please get home safely this Christmas.”
The service is urging residents to prepare for Christmas work functions by leaving cars at home and taking public transport. They are also asking local bars and restaurants to give designated drivers a free soft drink.
For more advice visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire and click on the ‘keeping safe’ page.