More people are being arrested for drink-driving on the morning after a drinking session – despite an overall fall in the numbers caught while over the legal limit, new figures show.
Based on data from 22 of Britain’s 45 police forces and published by car insurance firm LV=, the figures show that there were 4% more “morning-after” arrests made last year than during 2011.
Bucking the trend
The rise in the number of arrests made between 6am and 8am bucked a trend which saw the total number of drink-drive offences drop by 4% in 2012.
But it has prompted a call for motorists to ensure they plan ahead when organising their Christmas nights out this year.
Meanwhile, a survey of 1,688 drivers conducted by LV=, found that over the last two years 3% had driven while over the legal limit the morning after a drink.
Of these more than a third (37%) claimed driving had been unavoidable. Around a quarter (26%) excused themselves by saying they had only been travelling a short distance, while 19% thought they were in a fit state to drive.
‘You may not be fit to drive’
Perhaps even more worryingly 7% said they thought it was okay to drive as they had not done so on a motorway – with 13% believing they were only slightly over the limit so it did not matter.
Driving over the legal alcohol limit severely raises the risk of road traffic accidents, which can claim lives or leave people seriously injured and needing to make personal injury compensation claims.
John O’Roarke, managing director of LV=, said: “It’s easy to assume that after a good night’s sleep you will be sober enough to drive the next day but, depending on how many units you’ve had, you may not be fit to drive.
“The key to enjoying the festive season is to plan ahead and don’t drive if you are not within the legal alcohol limits.”
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