Keep A Clear Head Campaign – November to January worst time for alcohol related risks on rail platforms.
The festive season should be a time of year when everyone can enjoy themselves and have fun. But partygoers are being advised to take extra care. Newly-released data from Network Rail, reveals a sharp increase in the number of alcohol-related incidents. This is across the rail network during the festive period.
Stats show that 7,419 alcohol-related incidents happened on or around the railway in 2016/17. Sixteen per cent of those took place over the festive period. Between 24 November and 2 January 2017.
Over the last 10 years figures revealed that 21 people were killed due to alcohol-related incidents at the platform edge. A further 91 people seriously injured. Passengers boarding and alighting trains were involved in 469 alcohol-related accidents in the last five years.
As a result, Network Rail, British Transport Police and Rail Safety and Standards Board have come together to launch their Keep a Clear Head campaign. This is a warning to the public to take extra care when travelling on or around the railway network. Especially when they’ve been drinking alcohol.
Network Rail released some shocking video of near misses. Stumbling and falling off platforms. Alcohol and drugs can impair vision and judgement. Those seen in tis video survived their falls.
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