WEDDINGS DRIVE MOTORISTS TO DRINK
THOUSANDS of wedding guests are falling foul of drink drive
laws this year, according to new research from safe driver champion,
Privilege Insurance. 32% drivers at weddings admitted to
drinking over the legal limit while 9% of drivers took to their cars
within 3 hours of having a drink.
In the most serious cases, 16% drivers consumed
more than 10 units of alcohol - of which, 9% then got behind the
wheel of their car. Of those drivers who have driven after drinking
at a wedding, 18% drove over 50 miles. And it seems that
alcohol is affecting these motorists' driving abilities with 13% of
those who have driven after drinking at a wedding admitting to
driving dangerously - including breaking the speed limit, taking
their eyes off the road and drifting out of a lane.
But it is not just drivers to blame. The Privilege research shows
that 3% of wedding guests have actively given alcoholic drinks to
other guests at a wedding, knowing they were later going to drive.
However, a conscientious 5% of guests have refused to get in a car
when the driver has been over the limit.
As a result of the findings, Privilege is urging wedding guests to
take a taxi number with them or make alternative arrangements to
ensure they don't
drink and drive after enjoying the festivities of a wedding.
Ian Parker, Managing Director of Privilege Insurance, said:-
"While drink driving is traditionally associated with Christmas,
it's also usual to enjoy a couple of glasses of bubbly at weddings.
But it is clear that many wedding guests are putting themselves and
other road users at risk by being over the legal limit when they
head home from wedding receptions. Although we want people to
have a great time at weddings this summer, we urge guests not to get
into their cars until they've allowed sufficient time for the
alcohol from the night before to leave their system - waiting
roughly 1 hour after the festivities have finished for every unit of
alcohol consumed. For example if you've had a glass of champagne and
3 pints of standard strength lager, it would be advisable to wait
for at least 7 hours once you've finished drinking, before getting
back in the car."
Roo are the champion!
WAYNE ROONEY may be in doubt for the World Cup, but thanks to
a city council groundsman, his younger brother is on winning form!
Liverpool City Council's Peter Conroy, who maintains the football
pitch where John Rooney and his team mates train, has been named the
North West and West Midlands Groundsman of the Year by the Football
Association (FA) - for the 3rd time.
His meticulous upkeep of the pitches in Walton, helped John Rooney
and the rest of his under-15 team scoop the English National
football trophy on 6 May 2006. On Thursday 11 May 2006
John and his team mates where the first to congratulate Peter and
thank him for his hard work on a football pitch at Walton Soccer
Peter who first won in 2002 and again in 2005 has worked at Walton
Sports and Soccer centre since it opened in 1999. He said:-
"I'm really pleased that I've scooped the title again, although I
don't want to take all the credit for it, as it's a team effort.
I'm now automatically entered into the national finals which are
held in September where I'm up against all the regional winners, so
fingers crossed that the team will do well again."
It is the groundsman's responsibilities to maintain the five grass
pitches at Walton Soccer Centre which includes cutting the grass to
the right length, planting new seeds, fertilising the pitch,
ensuring that health and safety rules are adhered to and being
responsible for the overall management of the pitches.
Council leader, Warren Bradley, said:- "The quality of the
football pitches is a great credit to Peter and his team, and they
deserve to get this recognition from the FA. We're very proud
that in Wayne Rooney we have a local lad who carries the hopes of
our national team on his shoulders. The whole country is holding its
breath that he recovers in time. It is good to know that Peter's
skills are helping develop the next generation of top-class
footballers from Merseyside. Peter's prize and the
achievements of the under 15s is a double celebration and it's
wonderful to have so many achievements."
Liverpool Boys under-15s faced more than 300 young players and 202
schools throughout the tournament which resulted in the team facing
Swansea in the final at Anfield. The Liverpool team beat the Welsh
Manager of the team Tom Wyatt said:- "We're so fortunate to be
able to train on such a well-maintained pitch and I am positive that
playing football on this kind of surface can only improve the team's
performance. Other teams are really envious of the facilities
we have at Walton Soccer Centre and it has reached the point where
they are willing to give up a home advantage just to play on our
pitch! We're delighted that Peter has won the award, he works
so hard and really deserves the recognition."
WESTON LAUNCHES VODAFONE LIFE SAVERS AWARDS
MERSEYSIDE SCHOOLS TO HELP STAMP OUT
HOAX 999 CALLS!
YES, the Vodafone Life Savers Awards are launched next week with a
national schools campaign targeting young pranksters who make an
estimated 50,000 hoax 999 calls a year. And there’s the
warning that persistent abusers who endanger lives and annually
waste £84 million of taxpayers money risk having their mobiles cut
off if police trace calls back to them.
The Hoax Impact campaign is being spearheaded by Simon Weston
following a successful trial in West Berkshire. Now, the Falklands
veteran is writing to Head Teachers in Merseyside, with details of
how their school can get involved. And to help, Vodafone has
commissioned 10,000 posters designed by teenage art student Sophie
Ness with the message: ‘Hoax Calls Waste Time, Waste Money, Waste
Lives’. The poster, which won a Hoax Impact competition
for pulling no punches, features haunting images of Sophie’s
classmates – some dramatically blanked out by a red cross.
Hoax Impact was initiated by The Vodafone UK Foundation and
developed with Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, West
Berkshire Education and Business Partnership and neighbouring
schools. The campaign encouraged schoolkids to use photography
and other media as part of their curriculum to devise a special
poster to illustrate the devastating effect spoof calls can have on
the hard-pressed emergency services.
Life Savers judge Simon Weston said:- “I know better than most
what it is like to be rescued, and I have a profound respect for the
brave men and women of our emergency services. That’s why I’m
delighted to support anything that will make their job safer and
easier. Hoax Impact can make a real difference by raising
awareness – and I am appealing to schools to join with Vodafone to
deliver this vital message to kids.”
Vodafone is now bringing the Hoax Impact campaign to Merseyside to
coincide with the launch of its annual Life Savers Awards, which
honour men and women in the emergency services who have saved the
life of another - often risking their own in the process.
Vodafone UK spokesperson, Ally Stevens said:- “The Life Savers
Awards demonstrate the amazing work undertaken by our emergency
services. From experience, we know the last thing these unsung
heroes need is the pressure of hoax callers wasting time - and
putting lives at risk. Mobile phones are not a toy and should
be used responsibly. That’s why we’re launching Hoax Impact with the
message to youngsters: ‘Hoax calls waste time, waste money,
Chief Fire Officer, Iain Cox, from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue
Service, who helped pioneer the campaign, said:- “Hoax calls
put firefighters and resources in the wrong place at the wrong time
- which could have disastrous results when there’s a real emergency
and lives are at stake. We want to educate young people about
the risks and ask them - how would you feel if it was your family
who needed us – would you think it was funny to send a fire engine
out on a hoax call then? Hoax Impact is a tremendous success
because it allows us to deliver these messages in a creative and
Vodafone has become an Ambassador for the emergency services after
creating the Life Savers Awards 5 years ago as a national tribute.
The Awards also show how mobile phones have revolutionised the vital
link between the public and the emergency services, now becoming an
essential part of anyone’s first aid kit. The organisers are
now seeking nominations from anyone who has saved the life of
another in extraordinary circumstances during the last 2 years.
A celebrity judging panel including Nell McAndrew, Claire Sweeney,
Martin Kemp and Myleene Klass – helped by the Royal Humane Society -
will select the 10 most inspiring stories. The winning Life
Savers will be congratulated by the Prime Minister at a special
reception at 10 Downing Street this autumn as well as being honoured
at a star-studded event in London.
Nominations to the Life Savers Awards can be made by contacting the
awards hotline on 0870 902 3333 or visiting
Teachers wishing to know more about the Hoax Impact campaign are
email or log
There will also be a specially-produced WebTV programme taking place
on Thursday May 25 3.00 to 3.30pm, where Life Savers judge Simon Weston
will join Dave Phillips, Community Manager of Royal Berkshire Fire
and Rescue Service, and Ally Stevens from Vodafone to discuss how
local schools can get more involved with the Hoax Impact campaign as
well as how to nominate someone for a Life Savers Award – simply log
People are invited to submit questions to the panel prior to the
broadcast, or during the programme itself. The show will remain
permanently archived on webchats.tv