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East Riding Motorists Warned About Drink Driving

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Published by Jon Burke at 2:12pm 6th December 2018. (Updated at 2:15pm 6th December 2018)

As the Christmas party season starts to get underway, Safer Roads Humber is reminding motorists to ‘NEVER drink and drive’ and think about the ‘Morning After.’

Most people do the sensible thing if they are out at Christmas parties or round at friends and get a taxi home or walk, but they often don't realise that they could still be impaired or over the limit the next morning.

Humberside Police are already out and about doing drink driving checks at all times of the day and night, but as around a fifth of drivers are found to be over the limit in the morning, Safer Roads Humber is funding extra morning patrols.

It takes at least one hour for the body to process each unit of alcohol, calculated from when you stop drinking. However, as very few people know how many units are in their drinks, it becomes very hard to keep track of how much alcohol you've had.

For example, four pints of ordinary strength bitter takes at least 11 hours to be processed by the body from when you stop drinking. A bottle of wine takes at least 13 hours, whilst three double gins is a nine-hour drink – and these calculations are based upon how long a healthy, fit person takes to process alcohol. It could take longer for the body to be clear of alcohol if you're feeling tired, unwell or are on medication. As it takes such a long time for the body to be clear of alcohol, some people may not realise that they can still be impaired the ‘Morning After’.

All key skills are needed when driving, but research has shown that even a small amount of alcohol can affect your driving. Whilst you may feel more relaxed, the alcohol is actually slowing down how quickly your brain can process information and make decisions, along with affecting your reflexes and vision.

Ruth Gore, spokesperson for Safer Roads Humber, said:

“We thank all those people who arrange safe transport home from a night out but urge them to think about what they need to do the next morning. If you need to drive to work, take the kids to school or go out Christmas shopping, think about using public transport, getting a lift, walking or postponing your activities until later in the day.

It doesn’t matter if you have a good night’s sleep, a shower or a big breakfast in the morning - time is the only way for your body to be clear of alcohol. If you are found over the limit the next morning, you could still lose your licence, receive a big fine and end up with a criminal record. It’s just not worth it.”

 Safer Roads Humber is part of the national road safety campaign and further information can be found on www.morning_after.org.uk

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