During the festive season, drivers are being reminded of the risk of driving the morning after drinking alcohol.
It takes a lot longer than most people think for alcohol to pass through the body. On average, it takes around one hour per unit of alcohol, but this can vary depending on a number of factors.
Risk of being unfit to drive the ‘morning after’
Because of this, there is a real risk that people who never deliberately drink and drive could still be over the limit, or unfit to drive, the ‘morning after’.
Data from the Government’s THINK! Campaign, published in December 2015, revealed that in 2013 an estimated 740 reported drink drive collisions took place in the morning and around 5,500 people fail breath tests between 6am and midday every year. This includes people going about everyday activities such as driving to work, to the shops or doing the school run.
The Morning After campaign, which has been running for several years, is designed to help normally responsible people avoid the risk of a drink drive conviction – or worse still, cause a collision or casualties while ‘over the limit’ – by highlighting how long it takes for alcohol to pass through the body.
Alcohol affects your ability to drive
Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely, the best advice is not to drink anything if you are driving and don’t drink heavily if you have to drive the following day.
The Council’s Road Safety Team will be visiting several public venues and businesses during the build up to the festive period to provide information and advice to drivers.
You can see the Road Safety Team on these days:
Monday 9th December: Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park, 10am – 7pm
Tuesday 10th December: Kirkby Leisure Centre, 10am – 7pm
Wednesday 11th December: ASDA Huyton, 10am – 6pm
Friday 13th December: Huyton One Stop Shop, 10am – 2pm
Visit morning–after.org.uk or download the app for more information.