'Mocktails' For Drivers In Dorchester!

Shoppers in Dorchester will be invited to try refreshing, alcohol-free 'mocktails' this Wednesday to show that you can enjoy a happy Christmas and stay safe on Dorset's roads.

The Dorset Road Safe partnership will be serving free, Christmas-themed, non-alcoholic cocktails at the Tesco superstore in Dorchester between 10am and 3pm on Wednesday 7 December in support if the national THINK! Christmas drink-drive campaign.

Members of Dorset County Council's road safety team will be mixing a range of festive, juice-based drinks at the entrance to the store for shoppers to sample.  Meanwhile, a representative from Dorset Police will be on hand to demonstrate their breathalyzer test.

Tesco has kindly agreed to donate all of the ingredients for the Christmas-themed mocktails, which include:

*Mistletoe Kiss -  fresh mint, lime and ginger beer

*Virgin Mary - tomato juice, lemon juice and Tabasco sauce

*Christmas Cracker-cola, nutmeg, cinnamon and lemon juice

*Santa Baby - cranberry juice, almond essence, orange juice and glace cherries to decorate

*Naughty or Nice - apple juice, cinnamon and ginger beer

Passers-by will also be able to find out more about the county council's popular Dorset Driver refresher courses and Dorset Road Safe's 'No Excuse' campaign.

Robert Smith, Dorset County Council road safety manager, said:

"Christmas can see drivers relaxing their usual standards after a festive drink - sometimes with tragic consequences.  Last year, 14 per cent of road deaths in the UK were caused by drink-driving.  And, if you get caught, Christmas is no excuse.  A drink-drive conviction could cost you your job, relationships and higher insurance. 

"The best way to stay safe is not to drink and drive.  If you are driving this Christmas, non-alcoholic mocktails are a great way to enter into the spirit of the season without compromising your safety."