Don’t let Christmas spirits impair your driving the morning after

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DRIVERS are being urged to ‘think of the morning after’ in this year’s festive season drink-drive campaign.

The road safety team in Northumberland along with other councils are backing a ‘morning after’ campaign that aligns with the Association of Chief Police Officer’s (ACPO) drink drive message.

ACPO’s enforcement campaign is targeting well-intentioned drivers who do not think they are breaking the law but may be over the legal limit when they get into their car the morning after drinking.

For example, If you drink a bottle of 15% wine - just three 250ml glasses - you should not drive for 13 hours - that’s 1pm the next day if you finish drinking at midnight.

Or, if you drink four pints of lager you should not drive for at least 13 hours from finishing your last pint. If you finish at midnight, you may not be safe to drive until after 1pm the next day.

DCC Davenport, ACPO lead on roads policing, said: “Some drivers think they are obeying the law but are in fact breaking it by getting into their cars the morning after a night of drinking.

“People may be surprised to hear that last year between the hours of 6am and 11am more than 400 people failed breath tests (or refused to provide a specimen), which is more than those caught for the hour before or after midnight.”

Coun Simon Reed added: “The campaign explains that it takes much longer than most people think for alcohol to pass through the body, and that because of this it is very likely that many people unwittingly drive while still over the drink drive limit the morning after heavy drinking.

“The message is to aimed at helping normally responsible people avoid a drink drive conviction – or much worse causing a crash and casualties.”

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