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Meg supports ‘Not a drop, not a drag’

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn has pledged her support to the national road safety charity Brake and it’s, ‘Not a drop, not a drag’ campaign launched as part of this weeks Road Safety Week. The charity is highlighting the two major killers on our roads: drink and drug driving.

 

Meg is supporting Brake’s plea to drivers to not drink a drop of alcohol, nor take even a drag on a joint or any other illegal drug before driving. Currently, one in six road deaths are being caused by drivers who are over the alcohol limit. Research has shown that similar numbers may well involve drivers who are under the influence of illegal substances.

 

Meg said:

 

“I support the ‘Not a drop, not a drag’ campaign. Drivers should make a commitment to not risk their lives, or the lives of others, by getting behind a wheel whilst intoxicated.

 

During Road Safety Week it’s important to remember that drink and drug drivers are not the only dangers on our roads. Undiagnosed sleep apnoea can lead to sufferers falling asleep behind the wheel, which can have devastating consequences. Research has shown that around 20%, or 1 in 5, group two drivers (such as LGV drivers) can suffer from sleep apnoea.

 

We must ensure that professional drivers, haulage companies, general practitioners and the wider public are more aware of undiagnosed sleep apnoea. Drivers can be diagnosed with the condition and successfully treated, which will have a positive effect on the number of deaths on the roads in the UK. ”

 

Ellen Booth, campaign officer for Brake, the road safety charity, said:

 

“We’re pleased to have the backing of Meg Munn MP for our ‘Not a Drop, Not a Drag’ campaign. We’re challenging everyone to take responsibility for stopping drink and drug driving - and turn those breaking the law over to the police before they kill.

 

Let’s clean up our road safety record and create safe roads that we can be proud of.”

 

For more details of what Brake is doing to improve road safety, visit their website on http://www.brake.org.uk/

 


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