FIFE Police’s annual festive drink drive and drug campaign has once again been launched and this year the local force is appealing to both motorists and pedestrians to think about how they will get home after a night out.
While the campaign is aimed mainly at drivers who are under the influence of drink and drugs, it is a sad fact that alcohol or drugs are now a contributing factor in one out of every nine fatal road accidents.
Chief Inspector Adrian Annandale, head of Fife Police’s road policing department explained: “The onset of darker evenings and poorer weather conditions has made pedestrians even more vulnerable on our roads.
“The danger they present to themselves is multiplied when combined with alcohol.
“I would urge all pedestrians who have been drinking to consider their plans on how to get home.
“Please make arrangements with a taxi firm or a friend to get a lift, please check public transport timetables and consider taking a bus.
“I would also say all pedestrians and cyclists need to think about their visibility during darkness.
“Children walking home from school and the elderly are also particularly vulnerable. Fluorescent and reflective clothing is essential.”
Chief Inspector Annandale also asked all motorists to be alert to the danger caused by pedestrians who appear under the influence, particularly on rural roads.
If you spot someone you feel is presenting a danger to themselves or other road users, whether through the use of drink and drugs or not, you can contact Fife Police on 0845 600 5702.