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24June2014

Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue warns drink and drug drivers ahead of Glastonbury Festival 2014

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Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue is warning festival attendees to think ahead before driving to Glastonbury this week.

The service is advising revellers to make sure their driver is fit to get behind the wheel or to otherwise arrange public transport, highlighting the importance of not driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A spokesperson from the service said: ‘Drugs have an involuntary effect on the eyes that cannot be controlled.

‘This is just one of the many ways police can spot drug drivers – they can arrest you at the roadside if they have good reason to think you have been driving whilst unfit through drugs. The penalties for drug driving are the same as drink driving.’

They added: ‘ There is no excuse for driving over the limit. You may think you can handle your drink but alcohol affects everybody’s driving for the worse.

‘It creates a feeling of overconfidence, making judging distance and speed more difficult while at the same time slowing down your reactions so it takes longer to stop.

‘The morning after you could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink, even if it’s the ‘morning after’. Sleep, coffee and cold showers will not help you sober up – time is the only way to get alcohol out of your system.’

For more information on drink or drug driving, please visit www.drinkdrivingsolicitor.co.uk or contact Marcus on 07810 804 464.

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