Avoid a penalty the morning after a big match
Warwickshire County Council’s Road Safety and Community Safety Teams are advising drivers to stay legal the morning after the big match during this year’s Rugby World Cup. We all know that during the excitement of a match that sometimes we may drink too much alcohol. Everyone knows driving a vehicle after drinking is just plain stupid, but many drivers are still risking driving the morning after, even though they may be way over the drink drive limit but if caught the penalties are still the same.
The County Council are warning drivers about morning after driving through posters displayed in many of Warwickshire’s pubs through the morning after campaign, which has been running for several years. The campaign has been 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 through an innovate app and website.
‘Morning after’ – KEY FACTS
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, though this can vary depending on a number of factors.
Because of this, there is a real risk that people who would not dream of driving after drinking may still be unwittingly over the drink drive limit the morning after.
This includes people going about everyday activities such as driving to work, doing the school run, popping to the shops or going to see friends.
Morning after key facts: facts about drink driving and the ‘morning after’:
- In 2012, drink driving accounted for around 13% of all road deaths, 6% of all killed and seriously injured casualties and 5% of all reported road casualties (DfT stats).
- In 2011 more people failed breath tests between the hours of 6am and 11am than during the hour before or after midnight (ACPO).
- We’re not saying ‘don’t drink’, but we are saying ‘don’t drink anything if you are driving’ and ‘don’t drink heavily if you have to drive the following morning’.
Anyone concerned about their use of drugs or alcohol can contact our local services for help and advice: