Come Home Safe this World Cup

Let the designated driver be the twelfth man

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have launched a powerful, football-based road safety campaign in partnership with Surrey Police, Surrey Football Association and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey.

The campaign #ComeHomeSafe will run throughout the World Cup and across the winter to encourage drivers to think carefully about the consequences of the decisions they make behind the wheel, and before entering a vehicle.

115 drink or drug impaired drivers were arrested during the previous three international tournaments in which England's Senior Men's Team have featured (Euro 2016, 2018 World Cup, Euro 2020), and 78 per cent of those arrested were male.

Do not drive under the influence

Between November 2021 and February 2022, SFRS attended 330 road traffic collisions. In 2021 there were 24 fatalities, 647 serious casualties and 2,490 slight casualties on the county's roads. 15 per cent of these involved young drivers between the ages of 17 to 24.

SFRS is encouraging drivers not to drive under the influence, as well as warning against the dangers of distractions while behind the wheel. They are also calling on motorists not to speed and to take caution with risks such as adverse weather conditions and country roads.

Fire and Police went head-to-head this month in a football match to raise awareness of road safety, blowing the whistle on drink driving. They are calling on you to nominate your twelfth man to bring you home and making it clear that speeding is three points you could really do without.

Watch their football match video below for some top tips on how to stay safe on Surrey's roads this winter.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service's top tips for drivers

  • Always wear a seat belt. Not wearing a seat belt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys.
  • Put your phone away, set your sat nav and music before setting off to avoid distraction.
  • If you're going out with friends have a designated nondrinking driver or book transport home. You may still be over the alcohol limit the morning after too.
  • Always drive within the speed limit and reduce your speed according to the conditions. Make sure you allow enough time for every journey.
  • Never take drugs and drive. This would be a cocktail for disaster as drugs greatly affect reaction times, concentration and may cause confusion.
  • Don't try and impress your mates. Having friends in the car can encourage you to take more risks, remember their safety is your responsibility.

To find out more about SFRS advice on road safety for both young and old drivers visit the Road Safety advice web page.

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