PUB landlord Stuart Ainsworth has a clear message for his customers this festive period – don’t drink and drive.
Mr Ainsworth, who runs the Leopold Tavern in Albert Road, Southsea, is among numerous pubs and clubs in the Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire that have signed up to our Steer Clear campaign.
The annual scheme run by The News is designed to reward designated drivers for staying alcohol-free.
Mr Ainsworth is offering a free soft drink to designated alcohol-free drivers out on the town this Christmas.
He said: ‘Drink-driving is a big no-no – it’s a big social taboo.
‘You just don’t do it.
‘We are a city serviced by great taxi companies and a good bus network so people don’t need to drink and drive. It should be common sense.
‘I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t even have one if you’re driving anyway.
‘If you come out with your car then don’t drink.’
Any venues taking part in the Steer Clear campaign will have the name of their establishment added to our roll of honour which will be printed in the paper and online at portsmouth.co.uk.
Hampshire Constabulary is also cracking down on drink and drug-impaired drivers as part of the It’s Not Worth The Risk campaign.
The public are also being urged to shop anyone suspected of drink or drug-driving by texting their details including car model, colour and licence plate if possible to Hampshire police on 80999.
· To sign up to the Steer Clear campaign send an email with the name of your venue and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively call (023) 9262 2124.