Beware driving again after taking part in Dry January
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.”