Never ever drink and drive

This is a message from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, in partnership with Southern Connections and the Policing and Community Safety Partnership. During the Coronavirus Pandemic and in the run up to Christmas, we would like to remind you that you should never ever drink and drive.

It is illegal to drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel, drivers may kill or injure not only themselves, but also their passengers and other road users.

Drivers who consume alcohol before getting behind the wheel may kill or injure not only themselves, but also their passengers and other road users.

Alcohol slows reactions and even very low amounts of alcohol will impair the skills needed for safe driving. It slows down the brain, impacting upon your judgement, reason, self-control and reaction times.

Northern Ireland reported 2,992 drink or drug driving offences from the 1st Sept 2019 – 31st August 2020, with an increase of 30.5% of drink and drug driving offences from November to December 2019.

Visit drugsandalcoholni.info for more information.

Barnardo’s ‘Boloh’ helpline

Barnardo’s helpline called ‘Boloh’ (means ‘speak’ in many languages). This is a UK wide service.

The Helpline is to encourage Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic children, young people (11-25 years) and families affected by Covid-19 to speak about their worries, their problems and their stresses during this time. Staff will provide emotional support, advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help. Professionals can make contact to discuss how to support a child or young person they are working with.

Currently the Helpline is open Monday and Friday 1-8 pm. This will increase to 7 days a week in mid-December.

Contact details:
Andrew Tubman
Children’s Services Manager | The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic family Covid-19 Helpline
Mobile: 07394 410638
Email: andrew.tubman@barnardos.org.uk

Barnardos ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service in Northern Ireland can take referrals and offer support for anyone that does not meet Boloh helpline criteria.

https://www.barnardos.org.uk/see-hear-respond-northern-ireland

Boloh Helpline A4 Posters

Boloh Helpline Information for Professionals