Beware driv­ing again af­ter tak­ing part in Dry Jan­uary

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

MANY peo­ple across Bucks will be cel­e­brat­ing this week­end af­ter com­plet­ing Dry Jan­uary.

This can mean this week­end brings a host of drunken re­lated ac­ci­dents or even ar­rests, when driv­ing is in­volved.

Caro­line Dunne, a con­sul­tant spe­cial­is­ing in Crim­i­nal law at IBB Solic­i­tors in Che­sham, is urg­ing those plan­ning on hav­ing a lit­tle tip­ple to re­mem­ber the drinkdriv­ing laws.

She is ask­ing read­ers not to be­lieve one of the six ur­ban myths about drink­ing and driv­ing.

She said: “If you took part in Dry Jan­uary and made it through the month, con­grat­u­la­tions! Just be care­ful if you’re cel­e­brat­ing the end of your month ‘on the wagon.’

“Of­ten, we feel im­pair­ment ef­fects al­co­hol sooner af­ter the of a pe­riod of ab­sti­nence. Make sure you don’t un­wit­tingly com­mit an of­fence by be­liev­ing one of th­ese six ur­ban myths about drink­ing and driv­ing.

I’m okay to drive. I’ve only had two drinks

Just one drink could take you over the le­gal limit, de­pend­ing on how your sys­tem metabolises the al­co­hol.

A big meal fol­lowed by a coffee will soak up the al­co­hol. Starchy foods ab­sorb al­co­hol in the stom­ach but mean al­co­hol takes longer to leave your sys­tem. Coffee will make you more alert but you could still be over the limit. I’ve slept if off Sleep makes you tired, not less drunk.

Suck a penny fools the breathal­yser

The myth is that cop­per causes a chem­i­cal re­ac­tion that will reg­is­ter a neg­a­tive read­ing. But pen­nies are

less no longer made from cop­per, and any­way, the breathal­yser mea­sures a sam­ple of air from the lungs.

This is my first of­fence, so I won’t get a ban

Even first time of­fend­ers re­ceive a manda­tory min­i­mum ban of one year for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

If I refuse a road­side breath test, I can sober up while I’m taken to the sta­tion for a blood test.

Fail­ure to pro­vide a road­side breath test sam­ple, is an of­fence it­self.

A con­vic­tion for drink driv­ing has far reach­ing con­se­quences. A con­vic­tion will need to be dis­closed to fu­ture in­sur­ers, on job and visa ap­pli­ca­tions and will show on DRB checks.

Ms Dunne added: “The only sure way to avoid pros­e­cu­tion is not to drink and drive in the first place.”

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