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Beware dangers of driving ‘morning after’ drinking

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley’s Road Safety Team is warning motorists of the dangers of driving ‘the morning after’ drinking alcohol.

Motorists who drink the day before driving still run the risk of being over the legal limit or unfit to drive the next morning.

Drivers can still be arrested for ‘drink driving’ even if they pass a breathalyser test, if the arresting officer considers them unfit to drive.

The warning comes ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby, with many fans expected to consume alcohol before, during and after the game.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “The aim of the ‘Morning After’ campaign is to make people think about how much they are drinking if they are planning to drive the following morning, as they may still be over the limit or unfit to drive.
“We are encouraging drivers to be aware of how long alcohol stays in the system so they can enjoy the football without putting lives at risk on our roads the next day.”

Paul Mountford, Merseyside Road Safety Partnership and Merseyside Police’s lead for drink and drug driving, said: “With the Merseyside Derby taking place at the weekend, many fans will be watching the game at home and enjoying a drink or two. Remember, it’s easy to drink more than you may have planned as home-poured drinks tend to be larger and there’s no closing time! Alcohol remains in the body for several hours afterwards so think about the next morning. You may not be fully fit to drive and may be over the legal limit.
“Many drivers are unaware that even a small amount of alcohol may affect their driving ability, placing them at an increased risk of a crash and arrest.
“They may be arrested for ‘drink driving’ even if they pass a breathalyser if the officer considers them to be unfit.
“This is particularly relevant the following day when many will not consider their driving fitness after a night’s sleep.
“Whoever you support, enjoy the game, celebrate the win but remember – the only safe drink drive limit is zero”.

For more information about the ‘Morning After’ campaign visit https://www.knowsleynews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/The-Morning-After-Leaflet.pdf