Drivers are being urged to “accept responsibility” before getting behind the wheel over the festive period and not to drink drive.
The message from the AA and drinks’ company, Pernod Ricard, UK’s fourth Christmas anti-drink driving campaign, comes as figures show the majority of motorists do not know when it is safe to drive the morning after drinking.
As many as 56% of the 21,165 surveyed are unaware of the “morning-after” dangers, with the biggest culprits found in the north east and north west of the country.
“Too many drivers are caught out by being over the limit the morning after the night before,” said AA president Edmund King.
“We don’t want the morning after to end in mourning disasters, so we are advising drivers to think carefully before driving after a night out.”
Lack of understanding
When asked when they thought they would legally be allowed to drive again, if they started drinking at 9pm and drank a total of 12 units of alcohol over three hours – 56% of drivers either did not know, or selected a time when they might still be over the limit.
Worryingly, 11% of motorists aged between 25 and 34 thought they would be fine at 9am the next day.
It generally takes an hour for the body to get rid of one unit of alcohol, although it is also advisable to add an extra hour in order to ensure you do not drink drive.
Drivers in north east and north west England are least likely to know when it would be safe to drive (59%), while those in Scotland, London and eastern England are most likely to know when it might be safe (46%).
Dangers of drink driving
Drink driving poses many dangers. Hundreds are seriously injured or killed in drink driving crashes each year in the UK.
At present, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle on a public road with more than 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100ml of blood, or 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath.
If you’ve been the victim of a drink driving crash that wasn’t your fault, you could be eligible to make a road accident claim.
This is where Accident Advice Helpline can help, ensuring you get the compensation you deserve. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
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