THE Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is calling for revellers to exercise caution during the duration of the World Cup.

With many heading to pubs, parties and live events, the charity is concerned that some may be tempted to drive home after enjoying a few drinks while viewing a football game.

With many authorities, such as West Mercia Police and Staffordshire Police, issuing warnings to remind road users of the hazards, RoSPA echoes this warning, noting that drunk drivers take with their life and the lives of others if they use a vehicle while inebriated.

Although the level of drinking and driving has dropped dramatically over the last three decades, around 200 people are still killed in drink-drive accidents every year, and incidents tend to rise during the festive season and sporting events, such as the World Cup.

In July 2018, where a portion of the World Cup largely took place, there were 830 drink-drive casualties, which was the highest month of that year. Additionally, December saw drink-drive 790 casualties, which was also concerning - the second highest month alongside August. As such, the World Cup being held in December is something that has alarmed RoSPA.

Rebecca Guy, Road Safety Manager for England, said: ‘A major highlight of most sporting fan’s calendars is the World Cup, and we understand many people in the UK will be excited to get together with friends and family to cheer on their home nation.

‘That said, driving home from an event after drinking is wholly irresponsible. Therefore, always consider the method in which you will be returning home when you’ve been drinking, such as a designated driver or a taxi: #MatesforLife

‘With that in mind, it’s also prudent to mention that during this time of year driving can also be more challenging. Dark, and wet nights can make any journey more difficult – pedestrian and cyclists are particularly vulnerable at this time of year. Therefore, if journeying at night, always be extra cautious of those around you.’

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