Recent figures show that in 2017 approximately 250 people were killed in accidents where at least one of the drivers involved was over the legal limit.
Is it time that we reviewed our drink-drive laws and make it a zero-tolerance approach?
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at Brake, said: “The current drink-driving limit gives a false impression that it is safe to drink and drive – this is a dangerous message and one that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Meanwhile, personal breathalyser firm Alcosense says there is a direct link between cuts in police budgets and the increase in drink drive deaths.
More worrying is that many over 55s are continuing to drink and drive, possibly due to over confidence in their driving abilities, a belief that sleep, showers, eating will all reduce the level of alcohol in their body and therefore they will be okay.
Lack of understanding seems to be the biggest reason why people continue to drink and drive and certainly this is the biggest issue when it comes to driving the morning after a night out. Tolerance levels vary significantly and whilst you may not feel drunk or you are only a short drive from home this still doesn’t make you safe (or legal) to drive.
So if you are considering driving after a night out or your friends are encouraging you to have ‘one for the road’ then take a look at this chart and check the guidelines but bare in mind they are just ta guideline to when you might be safe to drive again and things like gender, medication, weight, age and when and how much you ate all have a baring on how quickly alcohol leaves you system.
It isn’t just the safety of the driver and passengers in their car that are at risk if a driver is over the limit, it is everyone else on the road too. We strongly advise that anyone who has consumed alcohol regardless of age, gender or weight seeks alternative means of transport.
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