Drink driving

If you've been out drinking you may still be affected by alcohol the next day

In 2009 it was estimated that 11,990 reported casualties (five per cent of all road casualties) occurred when someone was driving while over the legal alcohol limit (Department for Transport).

If you drive at twice the legal alcohol limit you are at least 30 times more likely to cause a road traffic collision, than a driver who hasn't been drinking.

Even a small amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. There is no foolproof way of drinking and staying under the limit, or of knowing how much an individual person can drink and still drive safely.

It is impossible to calculate how much alcohol you have in your blood stream, (even if you know exactly how much alcohol you have consumed), or how long it will stay in your body.

If you've been out drinking you may still be affected by alcohol the next day.

You may feel OK, but you may still be unfit to drive or over the legal alcohol limit.

So the only safe option is not to drink alcohol if you plan to drive, and never offer an alcoholic drink to someone else who is intending to drive.

Alcohol, even in small amounts, will affect a driver’s reaction times, judgement and co-ordination.

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  • Never drink any alcohol if you are driving.
  • Never drink if you are driving early the next morning.
  • Take responsibility for others - never buy a drink for someone who is driving.
  • Tell your employer immediately (and in confidence) if you catch a colleague drink-driving, for their own safety and the safety of others.

An estimated 80 people die each year in UK crashes caused by drivers who are impaired by alcohol but who are under the limit.