drink driving over christmas

taking care at christmas going by car to a party over the christmas period? take a few precautions

drink driving over christmas

Christmas is a time of parties and social engagements. It's also a time which could have serious implications for drivers.

If you're the designated driver on nights out, ensure that you are under the safe driving limit and preferably abstain from alcohol altogether. If you're heading off to a party, take soft drinks with you in case your hosts have overlooked this, or opt for soft drinks or non-alcoholic beers and wines if you're out and about.

If you were lucky enough to be chauffeured or used taxis, then think twice before you get into your car next morning. As a general rule it takes your body one hour to eliminate one unit of alcohol, yet many overlook this fact.

The road safety charity 'Brake' reckons that after a heavy night's drinking, one-in-six drivers are still prepared to put themselves and others in danger by getting behind the wheel the following morning. Supporting these findings, government statistics show that most failed breath tests happened between the hours of 7am and 9am.

Drink driving is not the only risk the morning after the night before: chances are if you had a late night, you're going to be tired. Don't risk driving: drivers who fall asleep at the wheel cause seven deaths every week. If you absolutely have to drive that day, make sure you stop at regular intervals. Remember the only way to combat tiredness is to follow the government's advice, which is to stop, have a caffeinated or energy drink and take a brief nap.

A growing concern, following the government's move to reclassify cannabis, is driving under the influence of drugs. The Transport Research Laboratory reveals that, last year, nearly one in five victims of fatal car accidents had drugs in their bloodstream. Although the presence of drugs is not in itself identified as the cause of these accidents, drugs are clearly a significant factor, affecting co-ordination, visual perception and vigilance. Recent research from Green Flag revealed six per cent of drivers admitted to taking illegal drugs and driving and, if the law becomes more lenient, this could get worse.