Are you risking morning after drink driving?


New research from motoring organisation the AA has found that a fifth of young motorists are risking drink driving the morning after drinking over the festive period.

A survey of nearly 20,000 drivers, commissioned by the AA, has revealed that 29 per cent of 25 to 34 year olds have admitted to drinking and then driving the morning after. AA president Edmund King warned motorists to be careful, given that it was “relatively easy” to still be over drink drive limits the following morning. He said that anyone in any doubt should not drive.

Drivers in Scotland may be even more at risk, given that the Scottish Government has recently reduced the alcohol limit for motorists from 80mg down to 50mg per 100ml of blood. In England and Wales, the limit remains at 80mg, although there have been calls from road safety campaigners to reduce it.

One unit per hour

He said that while most people had got the message that they needed to book a taxi to get home, they believed that they were okay the following morning after some sleep. However, for those who have had a lot to drink, the body will have struggled to rid itself of that amount of alcohol, given that only one unit of alcohol is lost per hour. Therefore, it is easy to still be over the limit the following morning, and many police forces target drivers the morning after the night before.

Currently, a fifth of people who are prosecuted for drink driving are caught by officers between 6am and noon. Mr King said people who knew they had to drive to work the following morning should not drink so much the evening before.

Figures released by the Department for Transport revealed that 240 people lost their lives as a result of drink driving related road accidents in 2014. However, that is a huge fall from 1979 when 1,640 deaths were recorded.