‘Tis the season

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn District Council, Police and licenced premises across the district are participating in the annual Christmas and New Year drink drive campaign, encouraging everyone to sort a safe ride home before going out for a few drinks.

As part of the campaign, posters, coasters and bar mats are being distributed to hotels, taverns, sport clubs and other licenced premises in Selwyn. 

Selwyn District Council Road Safety Coordinator Ngaire Tinning commends the work done by local hotels and taverns to keep patrons safe.

“Each year as part of our road safety campaign we distribute free resources to licenced premises to encourage and support their host responsibility activities and we appreciate them coming on board with our promotion,” she said. “Drink driving increases the risk of road users being injured or killed in a road crash that could have been avoided.”

Mrs Tinning said there were over 150 crashes in the Selwyn district between 2012 and 2016 where alcohol was involved, resulting in eight fatalities and 40 serious injuries. Minor crashes also resulted in people receiving injuries, as well as damage to vehicles and properties.

“This year’s road safety campaign encourages drivers to think about sorting their ride home before going out, so they can avoid the risks involved in driving after consuming alcohol.”