POLICE are planning their biggest ever blitz on drink driving in Solihull this Christmas.
The message comes as the emergency services and their support network gear up for the festivities to ensure people enjoy themselves safely.
That’s why Safer Solihull is setting up an Urgent Care Unit on Solihull High Street in the evenings during Christmas and New Year.
Staffed by paramedics, doctors and nurses, the unit will treat people with minor injuries, saving a trip to hospital. It will also take the pressure off local A&E services, leaving them free to treat the more seriously ill and injured.
The Urgent Care Unit will be open from 9pm to 4am on December 18/19/26 and 31.
Also on hand will be the police, alcohol referral group Aquarius and voluntary domestic abuse organisations to offer advice and support.
Staff will also be handing out special bags containing: personal alarms, bottles of water and lollipops, to rehydrate and combat the effects of alcohol, and free flip flops to prevent women in heels from falling over or cutting their soles by walking barefoot.
Solihull’s director of Public Health Stephen Munday, said: “We want to encourage people to drink sensibly and stay safe this party season but we know that accidents can happen when a lot of people are out having a good time.
“These particular nights around Christmas and New Year have seen a huge rise in hospital emergency admissions in the past. We want to help people and also relieve pressure on the hospital by treating the more minor cases on the spot.”
And after a good night out, people are being reminded of the message of not drinking and driving. Locally, there will be the biggest ever clamp-down on drink drivers, so the message is clear – if you are going to drive, it’s better not even to have one drink –guessing your limits could find you over the limit potentially devastating consequences.
* For more information go to www.solihull.gov.uk/safersolihull