How to steer clear of drink-driving

How to steer clear of drink-driving

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes the danger of temptation.

Peter Rodger, the chief examiner of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), points out that the tendency among regular motorists to illegally drink and drive increases during the warmer, more sociable months.

Thankfully, he has plenty of advice to steer motorists away from driving while over the limit and his top tip eliminates all risks - don't drink at all if you have to get behind the wheel.

Mr Rodger says many motorists attempt to work out whether they are over the limit or not after a couple of summer drinks, when they shouldn't have had any alcohol at all.

He also warns the measures people consume at parties tend to be larger than those poured in pubs.

He said drivers who end up drinking alcohol when they hadn't intended to should always get friends and family to pick them up or call for a taxi. Many people are still over the limit when they get up in the morning after a night of drinking so travel plans should be arranged accordingly.

The IAM says motorists who risk a drink should remember that anyone involved in a road accident of any kind could be asked to take a breath test, even if they didn't cause it.

He is urging people to ignore pressure from others to drink, as they aren't the ones who would lose their licence and possibly end up in prison.

Mr Rodger warns that not all road accidents that involve alcohol are caused by drink-drivers. He said motorists should be wary of pedestrians who have been drinking, especially at night and those out walking after having a drink should take care and be aware of what is going on around them.

Copyright Press Association 2014