‘Morning after’ driving will ruin Christmas for many

‘Morning after’ driving will ruin Christmas for many
If you’re having to think about whether you’re sober enough to drive – the answer is you probably aren’t.

This is the message the RAC urges drivers to absorb this Christmas, as its new figures reveal up to five million admit they’ve probably been guilty of drink-driving in the past year.

Taking to the wheel the morning after a drinking session is a particular problem – with the RAC reminding motorists that a few hours’ sleep is no quick fix for lowering alcohol levels in the blood.

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Of the 1,727 drivers asked, a total of 16% said they have likely been over the limit at least once in the last year – either straight after drinking, or the morning after.

A worrying 5% are sure they were over the limit, while 3% think they may have been.

The RAC’s road safety spokesman Pete Williams says that anyone who has been out celebrating the night before driving “may just be about to ruin someone else’s Christmas, as well as their own.”

Drink-driving was earlier this year uncovered as a key concern among the public, with data from the RAC’s 2017 Report on Motoring showing most drivers would support the introduction of stricter drink-driving laws.

It appears men, more than women, are prepared to take a risk, both straight after a drink and on the next day.

Compared to the national average of 84% of drivers who don’t think they’ve driven over the legal limit – Londoners emerged as a group more willing to take their chances, with only 74% declaring the same.

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Mr Williams said: “It is vital that everyone who has been drinking leaves sufficient time for their body to process the alcohol they have consumed.

"The trouble is everyone metabolises alcohol at different rates so the message has to be to err on the side of caution by leaving extra time before deciding to drive, or better still to use an alternative form of transport such as bus, taxi or train, or get a lift from a friend or colleague.

“If you are having to think whether you are sober enough to drive then the answer is you probably aren’t.

“The dangers of drink-driving are truly horrific and should never be underestimated. Never have the words ‘it’s better to be safe than sorry’ been more appropriate.”

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