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Road safety in the festive season

Latest Motor News // 10 December 2015

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As we approach the festive season of celebrations, parties and indulgence it’s also a time to think about making sure we stay safe, particularly on the roads. Despite national awareness campaigns, a recent survey has revealed that almost a quarter of drivers have admitted to getting behind the wheel of a car in the morning, knowing that they are likely to be over the alcohol limit from drinking the night before.

It is a common misconception that it is safe to drive the next day after an evening of drinking alcohol. The survey clearly reflects the attitudes drivers have of wrongly assuming they will be able to drive if they’ve only had one or two drinks or had a night’s sleep.

The survey commissioned by Hudgell Solicitors questioned 100 people, and of those 30% admitted that they have driven a car knowing that they were close to, or over the drink drive limit. The age group most likely to take this risk is 25-34 year olds, and 42% of people said that they wouldn’t report a close friend to the police for driving when being over the limit. It is particularly apparent that people think it is still fine to drink after a couple of drinks, when asked a quarter men thought it was still safe to drive, compared with thirteen percent of women.

It is difficult to say exactly how many drinks you can have to stay under the limit as it is different for each person. Alcohol can affect each person differently depending on:

  • Your weight
  • Your age
  • Gender
  • Metabolism
  • The type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking
  • What you’ve recently had to eat
  • Your stress levels at the time of drinking

The legal limit for the level of alcohol in micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath is 35 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; but the limit is different in Scotland where it is 22.

For more information about the research completed by Hudgell Solicitors please click here.