Don’t drink and drive – use the app

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

BUCKS mo­torists are be­ing urged to think be­fore they drink over the fes­tive pe­riod, in a cam­paign be­ing run by Thames Val­ley Po­lice and sup­ported by Trans­port for Buck­ing­hamshire (TfB).

To­gether, they will be car­ry­ing out ran­dom road­side drink, speed and seat­belt checks through­out the day and night across the Thames Val­ley.

Last year’s cam­paign saw 108 ar­rests re­lat­ing to drink-driv­ing in the county, with around 9,000 breath tests car­ried out in to­tal dur­ing this pe­riod across the Thames Val­ley.

In ad­di­tion to road­side checks, TfB is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to down­load a free app de­signed to help driv­ers avoid a ‘morn­ing af­ter’ drink-drive con­vic­tion.

Many peo­ple do not re­alise how long af­ter a drink they may still be un­fit to drive - even the morn­ing af­ter - and the app has been de­vel­oped to give an idea of when you will be al­co­hol free.

The app, called the Morn­ing Af­ter Cal­cu­la­tor, presents a wide range of al­co­holic drinks and the user en­ters the drinks he or she is con­sum­ing (or has con­sumed).

The app cal­cu­lates roughly when the al­co­hol will have passed through their body, al­low­ing one hour for each unit of al­co­hol, plus an ad­di­tional hour for the al­co­hol to en­ter the blood­stream, and then rounds up the cal­cu­la­tion to the near­est half hour.

The app bases its cal­cu­la­tion from the time the user stops drink­ing, not when they start drink­ing.

While ac­cept­ing this is per­haps over-cau­tious, the Morn­ing Af­ter team says it would “rather be safe than sorry.”

The ‘hours be­fore driv­ing’ cal­cu­la­tion is not based on any drink drive limit - it is the length of time when the al­co­hol in the drinks the per­son has con­sumed is likely to have passed through their body com­pletely.

Che­sham Coun­cil­lor and Bucks County Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for trans­port Mark Shaw said: “At this time of year many of us will be at­tend­ing events with fam­ily and friends.

“Christ­mas should be a time for re­lax­ing and en­joy­ing our­selves with many happy mem­o­ries, and I would en­cour­age you not to drink and drive.

“If you are drink­ing any amount of al­co­hol, even one drink – please leave the car at home and make al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments.”

The app can be down­loaded from the Google Play store at s to re/apps/ de­tails?id=com.sten­nik. morningafter or the iTunes store at https://itunes. a p p l e . c o m/ g b / a p p / morn­ing-af­ter-cal­cu­la­tor/ id980548985?mt=8.

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