BRSC Road Safety Initiative: Mock Sobriety Tests

July 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Bermuda Road Safety Council [BRSC] announced a “new initiative to address road safety” over the Cup Match holiday, with mock sobriety tests to be held.

BRSC Chairman Dennis Lister III said, “Today the Bermuda Road Safety Council [BRSC] would like to announce its new initiative to address road safety.

“This initiative is our mock sobriety test. This new initiative will help to inform and educate the public on learning about their blood alcohol level. The average member of the public may know what the blood alcohol limit is legally, but very few can tell you what their level is.

“This initiative is twofold; it will educate but also be a preventative measure. This new initiative will be a tool to help people know what their limit is. To launch the mock sobriety tests, the BRSC will be at Horseshoe Bay beach on Thursday July 30, between the hours of 5-7pm.

“We will be inviting and encouraging attendees to Horseshoe Bay on your way out to stop at our booth to take a blow on the breath analyzer. If you have been consuming alcohol you can blow on the breath analyzer tool that we have, get a reading and see how much alcohol is in your blood.

“For those that blow under the limit they will for future reference be able to know what their blood alcohol limit is. For those that blow over the limit, we will advise them to take an alternate option to get home. There are taxis and minibuses on hand to get persons home. Options also involve a designated driver or someone to pick you up; Home Safe is another option too.

“As the police will be out conducting sobriety checkpoints, we want the public to ‘take a blow and know, than to drive and be a risk”. It is well known that alcohol will be consumed over the holiday, but we ask that you be responsible and don’t drink and drive. Think, choose, live.”

CADA Executive Director Anthony Santucci said, “Our focus at CADA, encouraging responsible alcohol behavior, is to encourage the residents of Bermuda who plan to consume alcohol over the Cup Match holiday to put plans in place before they leave home so they can return home safely. We would like to ensure everyone has the information they need so they don’t drink and drive.

“The message is simple: ABCD – Always use a Bus, Cab or Designated Driver.

“The important message is, if you plan to consume alcohol, have a plan in place to get home safely.

“These safety tips extend to those who are camping, picnicking boating, and partying at one of the many establishments offering holiday drink specials. It might be worth reminding everyone that it is illegal to serve anyone who is visibly intoxicated.

“Over the holiday period, there is usually a lot more alcohol easily available and consumed, I remind adults that it is harmful to give, buy or serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 18. Underage drinking is known to significantly increase the risk of a young person becoming addicted to alcohol.

“An alcohol and drug prevention team from CADA, the Bermuda Police Service will be vigilant during the first day of Cup Match. The targeted location will be The Horseshoe Bay Beach. A designated wristband will be required to purchase and or consume alcohol.

“There is a lot of useful information and helpful tips for parents on how to talk to your children about not consuming alcohol at our website cada.bm.

“CADA’s board and staff wish everyone a safe Cup Match and we look forward to an incident free four-day holiday weekend.”

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