Wayne Rooney has this morning pleaded guilty at Stockport Magistrates' Court to a charge of drink driving. Reacting to the news, Jason Wakeford, Director of Campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said: "Drink driving is an abhorrent crime which can end innocent lives and inflict unimaginable trauma. Public figures should be setting a positive example of safe driving behaviour.
"Any amount of alcohol seriously affects the chances of being involved in a potentially deadly crash. The drink drive limit in England and Wales is the second highest in the European Union and must be lowered to a zero-tolerance, to help reduce needless deaths and serious injury on our roads."
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.
We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.