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Press Release - Drive to arrive safely at Glastonbury Festival
Posted on 16/06/2017

If you’re travelling to Glastonbury by car make sure you have a driver who you’re sure will be fit to get behind the wheel - or that you have arranged public transport. Anyone driving under the influence of drugs or drink is dangerous and an offence in its own right.

Drugs
Drugs have an involuntary effect on the eyes that cannot be controlled. This is just one of the many ways police can spot drug drivers - they can arrest you at the roadside if they have good reason to think you have been driving whilst unfit through drugs. The penalties for drug driving are the same as drink driving. Find out more from the Think campaign.

Drinking
There is no excuse for driving over the limit, you may think you can handle your drink, but…alcohol affects everybody's driving for the worse. It creates a feeling of overconfidence, makes judging distance and speed more difficult while at the same time slowing down your reactions so it takes longer to stop.

Beware the morning after… you could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink, even if it's the 'morning after'. Sleep, coffee and cold showers will not help to sober you up - time is the only way to get alcohol out of your system.

Key messages
• THINK! Don’t drink and drive
• If you get caught drink or driving you’ll be processed like any other criminal.
• If you get caught drink driving you will face a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12 month driving ban and a criminal record

Nearly a third of all ticket holders to Glastonbury now come to the site on coaches, trains and other forms of public transport. We'd encourage you to join them, and reduce your carbon footprint.

For more information on Road Safety please visit our website.

Tips for coping in hot weather
• Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
• Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
• Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
• Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool. 
• Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
• Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
• Check up on friends and relatives who may be less able to look after themselves.


 


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