The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership has created a downloadable ‘to-do’ list to help party-goers plan in advance and get home safe over the festive period.
The to-do list forms part of a month-long campaign to try and prevent drink and drug driving, which launched across the region on 4 December.
Members of the partnership are coming together to remind everyone that no amount of alcohol or drugs is safe when driving and even one drink could put a person over the limit.
Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, said: “We are asking members of the public to make the right decision and help us to prevent the unnecessary pain, grief and suffering caused by collisions.
“Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs in your system can affect your ability to drive safely – don’t let your friends and family pay the price.
“Make a plan before you leave the house – if you’re having a drink you need to book a taxi, use public transport or walk home if you can. Leave the car at home to avoid temptation.”
During December 2022, South Yorkshire Police officers stopped 1,140 vehicles and conducted 903 breath tests. Of those, 119 people failed a test.
An additional 231 drug tests were administered and 27 people tested positive.
Officers will once again be carrying out targeted check sites, with dedicated activity at all times of day.
Matt Collings, roads policing inspector, said: “Where a driver tests positive for drink or drugs, they will be taken into custody and could be charged and in court within 24 hours of a positive sample.
“We want people to think about the consequences – do you really want to lose your job for a pint of beer? Change a life forever? Kill or injure someone?
“We will be out there day and night, alongside our district colleagues to keep you safe. Help us and do the right thing this festive season, have none for the road.”
Police enforcement will be supported by a four-week awareness campaign that will feature on social media, radio and posters in high-footfall areas.
The partnership is also working alongside PubWatch schemes and local football clubs to raise awareness about the dangers.
Insp Collings added: “We know that the majority of drivers do not drink or take drugs and drive and we are thankful for your help in creating safer roads.
“We wish everyone in South Yorkshire a safe and merry Christmas.”