SERP ‘specials’ drink drive campaign pays a visit to Grays


The SERP festive drink drive campaign visited Grays earlier this week (7 Dec) with its range of unpalatable ‘specials’ for anyone tempted to risk drink or drug driving.

Thurrock Council’s road safety team helped man the show stopping stand in Grays town centre – which included two speedy response vehicles – to educate more than 300 passers-by on the ‘exclusive offers’ for people who choose to drive while over the drink drive limit.

Thurrock Council and Essex Police, both of whom are SERP partners, also encouraged people to report anyone they know who regularly drinks or takes drugs and drives.

Councillor Jane Pothecary, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, said: “People who say ‘oh it’s just a couple – I’ll be fine’ are seriously misinformed.

“It’s never okay to drink alcohol or take drugs and then get behind the wheel – it inevitably will be other people’s lives you destroy.”

Advice was also given on the day to many unsuspecting drivers who take prescription medication.

Councillor Pothecary added: “It’s not just illegal drugs you need to be mindful of, lots of prescription medication can impair your vision and/or reactions – you must take care and check with your GP or pharmacist before taking to the road.

“I’m so pleased to see the SERP team remaining very visual in Thurrock – it really shows their commitment to keeping our roads and our people safe.

“There are lots of videos online about drink driving and texting at the wheel – I really encourage people to go and have a look and share with your friends and family.

“If you ever think ‘oh I’ll be okay’ they will soon put you straight.”

11 December 2015

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