Take care not to drive af­ter drink

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

DRUNK mo­torists cause thou­sands of ac­ci­dents on UK roads ev­ery year. Some 1,380 peo­ple were killed or se­ri­ously in­jured when at least one driver was over the limit. This rep­re­sents a sta­tis­ti­cally sig­nif­i­cant rise from 1,310 in 2014.

A lot of peo­ple may be sur­prised to learn that ac­ci­dents oc­cur the most over the sum­mer pe­riod. This week’s tips give ad­vice on drink driv­ing, from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards Richard Glad­man.

Know how much you are drink­ing. Drinks con­sumed at home or at a friend’s house are of­ten larger than those in pub­lic venues and may con­tain a lot more units of al­co­hol than you think

Leave your ve­hi­cle at home. If you do take your car and change your mind, make sure you have parked your car in a place that you are able to leave overnight be­fore you start drink­ing. Don’t go back to it af­ter as you have had a drink, it may be dif­fi­cult to prove you were not go­ing to drive.

Get your trans­port sorted out be­fore­hand. If you ar­range a taxi or minibus for your­self and your friends it takes any pres­sure off to drive and if you pay for it in ad­vance you also know you don’t have to worry about find­ing the money at the end of the night! Nom­i­nate a des­ig­nated driver and make sure they stick to zero al­co­hol. Re­mem­ber it is dis­tract­ing and po­ten­tially danger­ous hav­ing drunk pas­sen­gers when you are an in­ex­pe­ri­enced driver; play the game and be­have. As the driver if your friends can’t be­have: don’t drive them. Don’t suc­cumb to peer pres­sure; stick to your guns if you are the driver. Don’t try to guess how may drinks will be safe, you are play­ing Rus­sian roulette not only with your li­cence but po­ten­tially with your life.

Be care­ful of the ‘morn­ing af­ter.’ The only cure for ‘be­ing drunk’ is time. Al­co­hol will take hours to leave your sys­tem so af­ter a late night you may not be fit to drive all day. If you have a late night, make sure you won’t be be­hind the wheel the fol­low­ing day.

Richard said: “The con­se­quences of drink­ing and driv­ing can be tragic. It may be that your abil­ity to drive is af­fected even if you are be­low the le­gal limit, if you need to drive the safest way is a no drink­ing pol­icy. We all know of some­one who had ‘one for the road’, the lucky ones es­caped with just a driv­ing ban.”

It’s easy to fall foul of the law – or worse – if you drive af­ter drink­ing al­co­hol

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