THE News’ Steer Clear campaign continues to grow in strength as another pub signs up the anti drink-drive initiative.
Doug McEwen, who runs The Golden Lion in High Street, Fareham, with his wife Diane, was happy to step forward and back our campaign by offering free soft drinks to designated drivers during the Christmas and new year party period.
The campaign calls on pubs and clubs in the area to offer non-alcoholic beverages to drivers in an attempt to rid drink-driving from our roads.
‘This campaign is essential as it raises awareness of drink-driving’, said Mr McEwen.
‘We offer designated drivers a free soft drink or coffee because I do not promote people getting drunk and driving.
‘We know the police are hot on it and I am happy for people to have a Pepsi or even an alcohol-free beer on the house.’
Hampshire’s fire fighters have also pledged their support for our campaign, and have urged drivers not to take chances this Christmas.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is calling on people to adopt a ‘better safe than sorry’ attitude and has issued a timely reminder that lives are devastated by collisions involving alcohol or drugs.
Station manager Clyde Evans, of the service’s road safety team, believes no-one should need to be told that getting behind the wheel of a vehicle under the influence of drink or drugs puts lives at risk.
He said: ‘Sadly, we all too frequently witness the devastation that arises when a person is killed in a road traffic collision.
‘The impact on those involved in the collision and on the family and friends left behind cannot be put into words. The cold reality is that most of these deaths could have been avoided if drivers had used their common sense.
‘No-one should have to be told that getting behind the wheel of a car, after even just one drink, risks putting lives in danger.’
Landlords taking part in the campaign have pledged to give the designated driver in a group of four or more a free soft drink between 6pm and 9pm from Thursday, December 1, through to and including New Year’s Eve.
The following pubs have signed up to Steer Clear:
· Bar Risa – Gunwharf Quays
· The Blue Bell Inn, South Street, Emsworth
· Carisbrook Arms, Carisbrooke Road, Gosport
· Clarence Tavern, Clarence Road, Gosport
· Delme Arms, Cams Hill, Fareham
· Five Alls, Forton Road, Gosport
· Harvest Home, Denmead
· Old Vic, St Pauls Road, Portsmouth
· Park Tavern, Park Road, Gosport
· The Foresters Arms, Anns Hill Road, Gosport
· Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Guildhall Walk
· The White Swan, Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth
· The Trafalgar, Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth
· The Lord Palmerston, Palmerston Road, Southsea
· The John Jacques, Fratton
· The Sir John Baker, North End
· The First Post, Cosham
· Sir Alec Rose, Port Solent
· The Waterhole Bar, Portsmouth
· The Admiral Drake, Silverlock Close, Mile End
· Artillery Arms, Hester Road, Milton
· Coach & Horses, London Road, Hilsea
· To sign up your pub email our reporter Rory McKeown at email@example.com Or call him on (023) 9262 2540