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Last modified: 29 Nov 2022 12:35pm

Two hands of a person, one pushing back an offered glass of beer while the other holds up a set of keys with the tag line 'get home safe this seasonIt’s time to step up for summer.
It’s that time of year again, the season of parties, work do’s, beach days and barbecues where we break out the drinks. We all know what to do, or what not to do, we have all heard the different tag lines over the years:

  • If you drink and drive, you’re a bloody idiot.
  • Stop a mate from driving drunk, bloody legend.
  • Sorry, that’s a fail.

And yet our family and friends are still crashing and being killed on Selwyn roads due to impaired driving.

There is no excuse for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It’s time to step up and save lives. Driving impaired simply isn’t worth the risk, to life, to family, to friends, to work.

Plan ahead and sort out how you, your family and your friends are going to get home safely. There are plenty of options available, if you take some time to sort your safe ride home before you head out.

Stay alert to your family and friends’ intoxication levels - if they look like driving, be brave, save their lives or potentially the lives of others, get them to use another option to get home. It can be hard to step up and question others, but what’s a little discomfort if it saves a life?

Think about the risks, don’t do it, and stop others from doing it. Get home safe this summer.