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Women are heeding the Christmas Anti-Drink Drive Message 24 December 2007

It seems this year’s Christmas anti-drink drive campaign is hitting home with women – but the same can’t be said for men.

Provisional statistics up until the morning of Friday, December 21st revealed that 19 people had been arrested – and all of those 19 were men.

Road Safety Manager Gordon Edwards said:

‘Looking at the statistics of those arrested so far this year, it would appear that women so far are taking heed of the campaign’s message that it is just not worth taking the risk. However, it seems men are not listening. Of those arrested, nine were in the age group 17-25, whilst five were aged 26-39 and five were over 40.’

This year’s campaign, a joint initiative between the Department’s Road Safety Unit and the Police, focuses on the common excuses that people give when they are caught over the drink drive limit – but there is no excuse for it.

The 19 arrests this year compares with 16 arrests during the whole of last year’s anti-drink drive campaign. However, it is difficult to make comparisons at this stage as details of how many arrests have been made in ratio to the number of drivers who have been stopped by police will not be known until the end of the campaign early in the New Year.

If anyone would like to comment on this year’s Christmas anti-drink drive campaign, a questionnaire is available from the Department of Transport reception at the Sea Terminal.

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