Throughout December, firefighters in West Sussex will be campaigning to reduce the number of incidents caused by intoxicated drivers on our county’s roads.
As part of the Under the Influence campaign crews will be raising awareness of the dangers of taking to the roads having consumed alcohol or taken illegal or prescription drugs.
In the three years from July 2014 to June 2017, a total of 738 collisions across Sussex were recorded by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership as involving a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs. As a result reducing the number of incidents involving drivers under the influence remains a key priority for WSFRS.
The campaign aims to save lives and prevent serious injuries to road users across our road network. Firefighters will be at various locations across the county throughout the month:
• Crawley County Mall, 1st December
• Haywards Heath train station, 8th December
• Shoreham town centre, 8th December
• Crews in Littlehampton & Horsham will be visiting shops, pubs and bars local to their area in the run up to Christmas.
Firefighters in East Grinstead will once again be leading a ‘designated driver’ scheme in partnership with The Rotary Club of East Grinstead and a number of local bars and pubs. The scheme allows any designated driver a free soft drink each time their group buys a round, from 1-31 December. Wristbands are available from East Grinstead Fire Station and participating venues.
Gavin McCourty, WSFRS Road Safety Co-ordinator, said: “Driving responsibly is a cause firefighters get behind because we see, and have to deal with, the terrible consequences of road traffic collisions far too often. Our crews will be campaigning across the county, spreading safety messages, advice and guidance to keep as many people as possible safe on our roads this Christmas season.”
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.