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Shotley Bridge against drink drivers

We learnt such a lot about alcohol and the dangers of drink driving. We were really glad that a PCSO and a road safety officer could come and visit us as they were really interesting and taught us a lot about the dangers of alcohol. For example, did you know that drinking can affect your liver, brain and heart? Also did you know that 41 people die every day in the UK due to drink driving. I find that astonishing. It is a choice and everyone should make the right choice not to drink and drive. It is completely avoidable.

We looked at peer pressure and how to make the right choice, no matter how difficult it might be. We role played saying no to playing silly games, saying no to cigarettes and saying no to having a drink of alcohol.

We researched famous people who had been caught drink driving. We don't think they are good role models. These included Mel Gibson, George Bush and Keifer Sutherland.

The poems that we wrote were really powerful and we also wrote posters to persuade people not to drink and drive. We made alternative posters giving other options, including posters with recipes for non alcoholic cocktails. Some posters encouraged the readers to take a taxi if they had a drink of alcohol.

Remember drinking and driving is a choice. You don't need to ever do it. You could save a life by making the right choice.

What we did

  • It was quite hard to choose our cause so we decided to vote using a special online ballot box. The cause of drink driving won by a long way with 42.9% of the votes. Nearly half.
  • We researched facts about drinking driving. Did you know you can be fined up to £5000 if you are caught drinking and driving. Our local PCSO visited and showed us breathalysers.
  • We even got to try out the police uniforms and handcuffs! We tried on special goggles. They showed us what our sight would be like if we were over the legal alcohol limits. Scary!
  • We decided there was lots of info telling people not to drink and drive but none saying what the alternative was. We made special non alcohol drinks and wrote the recipes. Yum!
 

We realised all the posters we had made told people not to drink and drive but we hadn't given them other ideas so we made more posters.

Mrs Holiday
 

We are trying to reduce the risk of innocent people getting hurt in drink driving accidents.

Pupils
 

Consider your blurred vision and the chances of prison. More people shall survive if less people drink and drive.

Pupil
 

From a poem adapted by a pupil - I wish I could say goodbye to you properly. But goodbye - I love you both from your son.

Adapted by pupils
 

Did you know that one person dies every half an hour due to drink driving?

Pupil

Key facts and fundraising tips

We decided not to fundraise. We decided to raise awareness of the dangers of drink driving. Raising awareness can be just as important as raising money. Changing one person''s mind about drink driving might be the one thing that stops someone getting killed in a drink driving accident.

We learnt that people can get up to six months in prison for driving with too much alcohol in their bodies. That can go up to fourteen years if death is caused by dangerous driving. We thought it was important that people know this information.

We asked local shops if they would display our posters. We thought they would have more impact if they were done by us, rather than by adults.

Published: Feb 2014

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