Firefighters at Stratton fire station are supporting the campaign by placing two crashed cars at the fire station to look as though they have been in a collision.

An adjacent banner says: “Don’t get smashed – don’t drink and drive”.

The display has been put up to remind driver during the festival period of the consequences of drink driving.

Watch manager Mark Evans said: “We hope that it will capture the thoughts of people who may be tempted to drive with alcohol in their systems, not only in the evening but also on the morning after.

“Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has had to deal with far too many horrific road traffic collisions, and we are urging people to really think about their actions over the Christmas period.

“The impact of a collision not only affects those driving, but can have a lasting effect on families, whether by a death or injury to a loved one or a prison sentence for anyone who has behaved irresponsibly and broken the law.

“All we ask is that you have a safe festive period, by taking responsible steps to ensure that you get home safe and sound following your celebrations.”

According to figures provided by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, more than 200 deaths a year are caused by drink driving.

The consequences of being caught drink or drug-driving can include a minimum 12 month driving ban, a large fine, a criminal record and can have serious implications

The fire service has offered advice to those drinking this Christmas.

“The legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

“However, it’s not possible to say how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the limit.

“The way alcohol affects you depends on multiple factors.

“So, if you’re driving, it’s better to have none for the road.” For more information about staying safe on the roads, go to

You don’t have to feel drunk to be a drink driver, the only safe option is to not consume any alcohol if you plan to drive. Think about and plan how you’re getting home, maybe have a designated driver for the night or book a taxi. And, remember, the effects of a night out may still affect you the following morning.

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