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Oxfordshire event supports drink drive 50th anniversary

Tuesday 18th November 2014

The mother of a 19-year-old who died after being struck by a drink-driver joined Oxfordshire’s road safety team at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of drink drive campaigning.

Bereaved mum Jane Evason joined firefighters and road safety officers on 7 November at a supermarket in Kidlington, to give out free samples of a non-alcoholic winter punch and distribute information about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Mick Clarke, Oxfordshire's road safety manager, said: "In the past 50 years things have improved enormously but, sadly, deaths caused by crashes involving drivers who gave a positive breath test have remained steady in Oxfordshire, with an average of almost two every year during the past 20 years.

"The tragedy which happened to the Evason family is a stark reminder of the dangers associated with drink-driving and unfortunately there are still those who get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol and there is still a lot to do.

"It is essential that people also know that the effects of alcohol can last into morning after a drinking session, and it is vital not to get caught out if people plan to drive to work or take the children to school.

"There are myths about how drinking coffee, sleeping or taking a shower can reduce the effects of alcohol on a person's body: these simply are not true. Time is the only way of getting alcohol of the body.”


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