Road Safety Week

Drink Driving: The Facts

The festive season has arrived! It is time to let your hair down and enjoy lots of food and drink. But have you through ahead? You have probably organised a taxi to pick you up from the Christmas party but have you thought about the following morning?

Every year the government does a brilliant job of making us aware of the dangers around drink driving. In the last 50 years, casualties caused by drink driving have decreased dramatically but it is still happening. By drinking and driving you risk your life, those of your passengers and others around you.

Around 5,500 people fail a breath test in the morning every year (an average of 15 per day). Whilst this may not sound a lot, remember it is an average and the government are aware that around the festive season people will take more risks on the road. New figures show that 58% of people who have four or more drinks on a night out sometimes take the risk and drive the following morning. The majority of the time the driver does not know that they are over the limit. A headache, fuzzy memory and dizziness are all indicators that you are still over the limit. It is possible to have to much alcohol in your system even if you feel fine.

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The Law

There are strict alcohol limits for UK drivers. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the legal alcohol limit for drivers is:

  • 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath
  • 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
  • 107 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine

However, it is not possible to say how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the limit as the way alcohol affects you depends on:

  • Your weight, age, gender and metabolism (the rate your body uses energy)
  • The type and amount of alcohol you are drinking
  • What you have recently eaten
  • Your stress levels at the time

By not drinking the night before is the only way 100% sure you are safe to drive. You can invest in a personal breathalyser kit where you can perform a breath test on yourself, giving you a good level of accuracy and will make you decide whether you are safe to drive or not.

Enjoy your Christmas but do keep yourself and others safe on the roads. Being convicted of driving under the influence can have devastating consequences.