Motorists planning to drive on New Year’s Day should ensure they aren’t over the limit from drinking the night before. Car accessories retailer Halfords warns that drinking more than three pints of beer or large glasses of wine in the evening could leave you over the limit the next day. Studies show that 51% of drivers have unintentionally driven the morning after while still over the limit. Suffering from a cold can also inhibit the body’s ability to process alcohol, with it taking up to double the usual amount of time.
Paul Fensome, Halfords Travel Solutions Expert said, “Our advice is always not to drink if you are driving. Motorists also need to be careful when driving the day after drinking, as the alcohol may not have cleared from their system.”
PC Steve Rounds, of the Central Motorway Police Group said, “We’d advise that if you’re planning on driving this Christmas, it’s best to be safe and avoid alcohol altogether. We take a zero-tolerance approach to anyone found driving over the limit. It is extremely dangerous, and may cost you your license, livelihood and even your life.”
The drink drive limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood and experts recommend no more than 4 units for men and 3 for women. One unit is roughly the equivalent of a small glass of wine, or a single shot of spirits.
Latest figures from 2007 show that out of a total of 2,946 people killed on UK roads, 460 (16%) were as a result of drink driving. For those driving the next day Halfords is advising motorists to use the AlcoSense Lite Breathalyser, which means they can check if their body has metabolised any alcohol before they set out.
If you are close to or over the limit the Alcosense Lite and Elite models, priced from £34.99 to £59.99, will bleep and display a “don’t drive” icon.