THE ANNUAL ‘European Night Without Accident’ in which volunteer designated drivers pledge to remain drug and alcohol free for the night is taking place this Saturday.
The drug and alcohol awareness campaign is organised each year in nightclubs all over Europe on the third Saturday of October.
It is the sixth year running that the campaign is taking place in Cyprus and is being organised by Reaction Youth for the Prevention in cooperation with the traffic department and the committee for road safety
At the entrance of nightclubs, volunteers aged between 17 to 29 years old encourage each group entering the club to choose a designated driver, who promises to remain sober. The volunteers ask the clubbers who want to participate to wear a bracelet or ID purposes.
When the designated drivers leave the nightclub, they can undergo a voluntary breathalyser test to check if they have honoured their commitment. In some nightclubs around Europe, drivers will also be asked, on a voluntary basis, to take a drug test. If they are under the legal limit, the designated drivers are rewarded with small presents offered by various sponsors. If they fail the test they are encouraged to leave their cars or hand the keys over a friend who did not drink any alcohol or use drugs.
The campaign’s goal is not to be repressive but to focus on responsible behaviour and safe ways of getting home.
“The aim of the European Night Without Accident is to organise a unique event run by young people who want to convince other young people about the importance of a responsible behaviour behind the wheel, which is credible with young people,” a statement on the campaign’s website said.