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Off to V Festival? - 20 August 2015

With thousands of people flocking to Weston Park in Shropshire for V Festival this weekend, the Safer Roads Partnership is encouraging those who are driving to take extra care on their journeys to and from the festival, and reminding them that driving under the influence of drink or drugs isn't worth the risk.

Having a fun - but safe - weekend starts right at the beginning of the journey and festival-goers are advised to plan their journey before setting off and take extra care on the roads, particularly as there is likely to be heavy traffic around the area during peak times.

With many groups of friends travelling together in cars, the partnership is reminding motorists to stay safe and avoid distractions in the car.

Anna Higgins, Communications Manager at the Safer Roads Partnership said: "Being distracted by loud music, conversations in the car or mobile phones means drivers will react more slowly to what is happening around them and may take longer to brake. Distracted drivers are more likely to miss road signs and tailgate and find it difficult to maintain a steady speed or proper lane position. They also tend to drive faster which puts themselves, their passengers and other road users at risk."

For many people, festivals and alcohol often go together. However, the partnership is urging motorists to avoid alcohol if they're driving home that day and reminding them that they can still be over the drink drive limit the following day if they've camped at the site.

Anna Higgins said: "Driving after drinking or taking drugs significantly increases the chances of a person being involved in or causing a collision. Our message is simple: If you're planning on having a drink at the festival and need to get home the same day, leave the car at home and make alternative transport arrangements.

"If you're camping this weekend, it's important to remember that you could still be over the drink drive limit the following day, and drugs stay in the system for some time. Although it varies from person to person, it generally takes your body one hour to process each unit of alcohol you've drank - from the time that you stop drinking. Having a coffee or a cold shower won't do the trick. If you know you're driving the next day, drink within the daily unit guidelines the night before, stop drinking alcohol well before the end of the night so your body has time to process it, and alternate your alcoholic drinks with soft ones."

"Police officers will be conducting drug drive stop checks on the road network around the V Festival throughout the weekend. If festival-goers are in any doubt that they could have drink or drugs in their system, make alternative transport arrangements and don't drive. It isn't worth the risk."

For more information on drink driving and being unit aware, visit http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/