Drivers urged to think of the morning after

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MOTORISTS are being urged to think about the effects of alcohol the morning after their night out as part of a drink-drive campaign.

The road safety team in Northumberland along with other north east councils are backing a ‘morning after’ campaign that aligns with the Association of Chief Police Officer’s drink drive message.

ACPO’s enforcement campaign is targeting well-intentioned drivers who do not think they are breaking the law but may be over the legal limit when they get into their car the morning after drinking.

Drivers can use the interactive drinks wheel to click on a particular drink and find out how long the alcohol will stay in their system.

For example, If you drink a bottle of 15 per cent wine – just three 250ml glasses – you should not drive for 13 hours which is 1pm the next day if you finish drinking at midnight.

Launching the campaign, DCC Davenport, ACPO lead on roads policing, said: “Some drivers think they are obeying the law but are in fact breaking it by getting into their cars the morning after a night of drinking. People may be surprised to hear that last year between the hours of 6am and 11am more than 400 people failed breath tests (or refused to provide a specimen), which is more than those caught for the hour before or after midnight.”

Coun Simon Reed, member for infrastructure and environment said: “The campaign explains that it takes much longer than most people think for alcohol to pass through the body, and that because of this it is very likely that many people unwittingly drive while still over the drink drive limit the morning after heavy drinking.

“The message is to aimed at helping normally responsible people avoid a drink drive conviction – or much worse causing a crash and casualties.”

The road safety teams that are participating in the 2012 morning after festive campaign with Northumberland are: Bradford, Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Havering, Knowsley, Lewisham, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Oxfordshire, Peterborough, Redcar & Cleveland, Southend, South Tyneside, St Helens, Stockton, Sunderland, Swindon and Thurrock.