On average, every day 12 accidents happen in Belgium due to a driver under influence of alcohol. During new year, this number even increases until 26 accidents. That means that alcohol is the reason for one out of three accidents during this time! We also see that when alcohol is involved, more accidents happen where no other party is involved (e.g. the driver hits a tree or loses control in a turn). In 2020, 50% of the accidents involving alcohol were one-sided accidents.
To make people more aware of this problem, Vias Insititute created the BOB-campaign. This campaign, which already exists for 25 years, tries to encourage people to be a BOB, a sober driver who brings his/her friends, family, colleagues home safe. For this campaign, we work together with the police, the local road safety authorities, the insurance company Assuralia and the Belgian Brewers. The BOB campaign is so popular that "being BOB" has become a national acknowledged word for when you drive sober.
This winter, the slogan of the campaign is "this time I'm BOB" (deze keer ben ik BOB/cette fois-ci, c'est moi BOB). This campaign will be active in December and January and will be promoted via Radio, social media and on the back of buses. During the campaign the police will do more alcohol controls. If the driver blows negative, he/she will receive a BOB keychain. This keychain has become very popular in the last years, and has become a motivation for people to have a more positive attitude towards controls on the road.
The new element of the campaign are our two ambassadors: Metejoor (a Flemish singer) and Maria Del Rio (a Walloon presenter). Fans can participate in a competition where they can win a night out with the ambassador as their BOB. The ambassador drives them to the restaurant and back while staying sober. Thanks to this competition, the campaign is able to reach a younger audience. Besides that, the Flemish singer Metejoor also told his personal story about his friend who got hit by a drunk driver and got paralysed. This story was shared via many newspapers, television channels and social media posts.