Malta’s drivers warned ‘just one’ drink is too many

rivers in Malta have been reminded of the risks of drinking and driving this Christmas and New Year.

The latest festive awareness campaign from Transport Malta reinforces the message that when it comes to drink driving, ‘the best approach is none’.

A Transport Malta spokesman told 89.7 Bay: ‘Unfortunately, a number take risks because they believe that they are still fit to drive after drinking alcohol and ignore the consequences.

‘It is unacceptable to drive when consuming alcohol. The consequences can be too grave.

‘Everyone should consider their families, themselves and all around and avoid accidents, especially during this time of the year.’

As part of the festive road safety campaign, officials from Transport Malta will be distributing car air fresheners to remind motorists not to drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

The Malta Road Safety Council will also hand out disposable breathalysers so that drivers can check they are safe to drive.

Malta Police confirmed they have already started their Christmas crackdown with extra spot checks and roadblocks over the festive season.

Car insurance companies claimed that around one in three motorists convicted of drink driving in Malta lose their jobs.

Drink driving – here’s what you need to know

• There is zero tolerance for drink driving in Malta.

• Hundreds of drivers will be stopped by the police this Christmas and New Year.

• Even if you’re slightly over the limit, in the eyes of the law you are still a drunk driver and a criminal – there’s no grey area.

• You’ll face an automatic driving ban, a criminal record, a large fine, and could even go to prison for up to six months.

• Think about how you’re going to get home before you head out – and remember to consider any journeys the morning after.

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