The Selwyn District Drink driving campaign commences each year in late November.
The aim of the campaign is to reduce the number of alcohol related crashes in our district by encouraging our residents and visitors to plan a safe ride home before going out for a few drinks with friends, family and work colleagues during the Christmas holiday season.
As responsible hosts, many of our local hotels and clubs will be supporting the campaign. They will have received coasters, posters and bar mats with the new campaign design.
Where there is a courtesy van provided, the smart choice is to use it. Another option is having a designated sober driver organised. Everyone can have their turn over the long holiday period.
If you or your family and friends are going out for a few drinks, always encourage them to arrange a safe ride home before they go out. Options available are:
- Have a designated sober driver
- Use the local pub's courtesy van
- Use a taxi or public transport if it is available
- Ask someone to pick you up (who hasn’t been drinking)
- Only accept a lift if you are certain that the driver has not been drinking or using drugs
However, the same message also rings true if you are having a few people around for drinks at your home. If you are planning a BBQ or party at home, being a responsible host is vital. So plan your party well.
We all know that having food with a few drinks is very important. Preferably it should be more than just a few chips and peanuts and available regularly throughout the night.
Other suggestions for the host:
- Offer non and low alcoholic drinks
- Always have water available on the bar or table
- Do not be overly generous when it comes to pouring the measures of drinks
- Help your guests organise safe transport options, or even offer the couch.
- Having one or more drivers who can safely take your guests home is always possible, even in rural areas.
- Drink and serve alcohol responsibly
We all have a part to play in keeping ourselves or our family and friends safe after having a great time. Driving yourself or allowing someone else to drive after a few drinks is not an option!