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 Governments 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, popping 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. They will also be distributing leaflets and information to licenced premises in the borough.
Councillor Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:
“The dangers of drink-driving are well known, but the issue of driving the morning after drinking alcohol can also pose serious risks to the safety of road users.
“This campaign is crucial in helping people realise that they could still be over the drink drive limit, or unfit to drive, without realising it after drinking the night before.
“I would encourage drivers to be aware of how long alcohol stays in the system so they can enjoy the festive season without putting lives at risk on our roads the next day.”
You can see the Road Safety Team at:
Kirkby Leisure Centre, Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby Wednesday 12 December between 10.30am – 12.30pm and 4pm – 7pm.
Halewood Leisure Centre, Bailey’s Lane, Halewood Thursday 13 December between 10am and 12 noon.
Huyton One Stop Shop, Huyton Friday 14 December between 11am and 2pm.
Visit morning–after.org.uk or download the app for more information.