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Myth-busting pack raises awareness of drink and drug-driving

Brake, the road safety charity, has produced a free interactive e-learning resource to bust myths around drink and drug-driving.

Sober up, developed in partnership with Hitachi Capital Driving Instructor Solutions, can be used by anyone who works with drivers or young, including: employers; driving instructors; teachers; youth workers; community leaders; and emergency services and road safety professionals.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake said: "It's a powerful tool that busts common myths and conveys the horrific consequences of drink and drug driving, and it's freely available to educators, road safety practitioners and employers, to help them raise life-saving awareness."

With a new, lower drink drive limit in Scotland and a new drug drive law coming into force across the UK in March, Brake is encouraging businesses to promote the ‘not a drop, not a drag' message.

The launch of this resource comes as the Association of Chief Police Officers and Police Scotland reveal the results of their drink-drive enforcement campaign over the festive period.

Police caught 6,236 drivers over the limit in the UK during the four-week targeted campaign.

Across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the breathe-test failure rate for under-25s was 6.33%, compared to 3.94% for drivers over that age. In Scotland, the numbers dropped considerably after the introduction of a lower drink drive limit in December.

It also comes just ahead of the UK's new law prohibiting driving with drugs in your body coming into force March 2, which aims to make it easier for police to catch and prosecute drug drivers.

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