Drivers urged to beware the morning after

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Drivers urged to beware the morning after

In the season of Christmas parties, the SaferPeterborough partnership is reminding drivers of the legal and personal consequences of drinking and driving.

Drink drive incidents occur all year, but there is an increase at Christmas when many people go out after work for pre-Christmas drinks, parties and celebrations.

Clair George from the SaferPeterborough partnership said: “Drivers should not only think about how they are getting home after a night out, they should also think before driving the next day as they could still be over the legal limit.

“On average it takes around one hour per unit for alcohol to leave the body, although this can vary depending on a number of factors such as age, sex, weight and the volume and type of alcohol drunk.

“Because of this, there is a real risk that people who would not dream of driving after drinking may still be unwittingly over the drink drive limit the morning after when they drive to work or do the school run.”

Any amount of alcohol affects driving ability resulting in slower reactions, reduced field of vision, poorer judgement of speed and distance, overconfidence and increased risk taking. Being at twice the legal alcohol limit makes drivers at least 30 times more likely to cause a road crash than a driver who hasn’t been drinking.

A drink drive conviction has the potential to ruin someone’s life with a mixture of legal and personal consequences. Convictions mean at least a 12-month driving ban, a criminal record and a hefty fine, not to mention major disruption to lifestyle.

For more information or to download the morning after calculator app visit www.morning-after.org.uk

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