Enjoy the Euro 2016 football but don’t drink & drive

Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is urging football fans to leave their keys at home if they are planning on enjoying a few beers in front of the big screen at the pub during Euro 2016.

People planning to enjoy some booze while out watching the many matches to be televised in coming weeks are advised to get the taxi home or appoint a designated non-drinking driver.

People are also being encouraged to recognise that they may well be over the legal drink-drive limit the morning after an evening of consuming alcohol.

Take a look at handy ‘should you drive the morning after guide’ on 365alive.co.uk

Get the app

A new ‘Morning After’ app has been developed by the ‘Morning After’ campaign to help people reduce their risk of driving while over the limit the morning after drinking alcohol.

The app can be download from the iTunes and Google Play.

Mick Clarke, Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service Road Safety Manager said: “I would like everyone to enjoy Euro 2016, but I also want to remind people the effects alcohol can have on a person's reaction times and general awareness and therefore why people should never, ever drink and drive”.

"It makes great sense to leave the car keys at home if people are planning on drinking whilst they are out and watching the football and also to organise an alternative way of getting home, whether that be via a taxi, a bus or by having a designated non-drinker in your party who can do the drive home.”

“It’s essential that people are aware of how long it can take for alcohol to leave the body. The effects can last well into the next day. If you’re driving to work or dropping the kids at school the next morning, don’t get caught out, you could still be over the drink drive limit, even if you feel fine. Know your limits and avoid heavy drinking the night before.”

"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."


Notes to editors

You can read the full proposal: A new council for a Better Oxfordshire at: www.betteroxfordshire.org

About the survey 

502 quota controlled interviews of residents aged 16+ were conducted between 5 and 19 February 2017.  To correct for response bias, statistical weighting has been applied to the completed dataset at both a district and county level to ensure that the survey is representative of the entire population aged 16+. 

Overall, the results are statistically reliable to around +/- 5% at the 95% level of confidence. This means that 19 times out of 20 the survey findings will be within 5% points of the result that would have been achieved had everyone in the population been interviewed.

On this basis, whilst the survey identified that overall support in the county is 70%, the actual level of support could be as high as 75% or at the lower end, 65%. 

The survey results for individual districts are subject to wider confidence intervals, but even when taking these into account there remains absolute majority support (with more than 50% agreement) across all districts.

Media enquiries

For all media enquiries about the proposal, please contact:

Emily Reed, Oxfordshire County Council, on 07770 701139 emily.reed@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Patsy Cusworth, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council on 01235 422400 patsy.cusworth@southandvale.gov.uk