Crawley firefighters to raise awareness of drink-driving


Firefighters in Crawley will be raising awareness of the consequences of drink-driving at an event in the town on Thursday (July 23).

The event which is being held at Crawley Leisure Park on London Road between 8pm and 11.30pm aims to raise awareness of the potentially devastating consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

As well as chatting to visitors at the popular leisure park firefighters will be staging a crashed car demonstration to highlight the shocking scene often faced by local emergency responders.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Interactive Information Bus will also be on site during the evening so that members of the public can access a range of advice and information to help them stay safer on the roads.

The special awareness evening is part of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s longstanding campaign to reduce the number of people being killed or injured on local roads.

In the 3 years between January 1 2012 and December 31 2014 there were 32 recorded road traffic accidents in Crawley in which someone was injured and where a driver was recorded as being impaired by alcohol. Sadly, two of those resulted in a fatality.

So far this summer a total of 59 people across Sussex have been convicted of offences during the Police’s Operation Dragonfly drink and drug-driving campaign.

Crawley firefighter Steve Lintott, who has organised the event, said: “A social drink before you get behind the wheel may be tempting, particularly during the summer, but there is no ‘safe’ way to drink and drive. Driving after alcohol can seriously impair your judgment, your control and your reactions.

“As firefighters we see the impacts and consequences of people’s ill-judged decisions to drive under the influence.

“We hope that by sharing some of those experiences during this event we will help motorists in Crawley reduce the chance of being involved in a serious road traffic collision.”

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