Drink drive campaign launch Gawdi l-Festi….Gawdi l-Hajja #getacab

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Drink drive campaign launched Gawdi l-Festi....Gawdi l-Hajja #getacabThe Gawdi l-Festi….Gawdi l-Hajja #getacab – (Enjoy the festive season….Enjoy life) #getacab campaign was launched today at the Police General Headquarters.

The focal point of this campaign is to encourage the public to find other means of transport in an attempt to prevent people from driving under the influence of alcohol.

This is the time of year when everyone is preparing for the festive season, celebrating with family and friends. The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, together with the Malta Police, Transport Malta, Civil Protection, Sedqa, Touring Club Malta, Mater Dei Hospital, the Malta Road Safety Council, and Blood Transfusion Department, are launching the annual educational campaign on drinking and driving.

“While wishing the Maltese population a joyous festive season, we would like to take the opportunity to remind drivers of the increased risk to themselves and other people when driving under the effect of alcohol.”

They said that even one unit of alcohol slows reaction time and impairs judgement and coordination, which are all skills needed to drive a car safely. Driving after drinking can have severe consequences.

“Gawdi l-Festi….Gawdi l-Hajja’ is the theme of our campaign this year. The emphasis is on using alternative means of transport instead of driving after drinking. Other means of transport include buses, minibuses or taxis.

“The organiser of a party can organise a minbus or book accommodation in a nearby hotel/guesthouse. Another strategy is to identify a designated driver who will abstain from drinking in order to drive his friends home.”

The penalties attached to being caught when drinking under the influence of alcohol are substantial – a fine of €1,200 and a driving suspension of between 8 days and 3 years. For those caught the second time round, the fine can be €2,397 and a driving suspension of 3 years.

The message is simple: “Gawdi l-Festi….Gawdi l-Hajja #getacab

For further information, please contact the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate on 23266000.

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