‘Morning-after’ drink-driving arrests have risen

The vast majority of drivers take a responsible attitude to drink-driving and either opt for a taxi after a night out or make sure that the designated driver sticks to soft drinks. However, how many of us have staggered home in the small hours of the morning somewhat worse for wear, only to get behind the wheel a few hours later and drive to work?

With the festive season almost upon us, some worrying figures have been reported that show arrests for “morning-after” drink-driving rose by 4% from 2011 to 2012.

Insurer LV has also surveyed a cross-section of drivers and it seems that we are staggeringly ignorant about the time it takes for alcohol to leave the body and the law surrounding “morning-after” driving.

  • 46% of those surveyed did not have a clue as to how long it takes for us to sober up and become fit to drive after a night out
  • 37% said that driving the following morning was “unavoidable”
  • 26% felt it was acceptable to drive because they weren’t going far
  • 7% thought it was OK because they were not driving on motorways
  • 13% thought there was some leeway and that they would not end up in trouble because they were not much over the limit

According to advice from the NHS, it takes one hour for one unit of alcohol to leave the body. However, this can be inaccurate, depending on a variety of factors such as age, weight, gender, the state of your liver and what you have eaten. Contrary to popular belief, coffee and cold showers do not make a jot of difference.

Drivers convicted of drink-driving (whether five minutes after leaving the pub or the next day) can be fined up to £5000, banned from driving for at least 12 months or be given a custodial sentence.

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