Road Safety - Tis' The Season



Once the Christmas and New Year party season gets under way, someone, somewhere will think it's OK to drink and drive. It doesn't seem to matter how many drink driving campaigns highlighting the dangers of drink driving, some drivers still take unnecessary risks. Many road safety organisations try their best to get the message out over Christmas and New Year - simply don't drink and drive. Although official figures in the UK have shown there is a decline in the number of people who die as a result of drink driving, even one death is one too many.

The best approach is none

In Scotland, the Christmas and New Year's drink driving campaign is telling motorists the best approach is none. To tackle this, in December 2014 the Scottish government introduced a lower limit of 50mg of alcohol to 100ml of blood, the lowest in the UK. Twelve months after the lower limit drive drink was introduced in Scotland 1 in 35 drivers stopped during the festive period were still over the legal limit. The good news is this figure had reduced compared with 1 in 50 over the same period in the previous year, but still too many.

The morning after

Did you know that you can still be over the limit the morning after an evening's drinking session? It takes around ten hours to get alcohol out of your system after drinking a bottle of wine or about thirteen hours for strong lager or ale. The message is, drink driving, don't risk it! You're more likely to be caught drink driving than in the past, so don't do it. In Scotland the Scottish police stop more than 80,000 vehicles each month. Many drivers were found to be borderline or over the alcohol limit.

What to expect if you're caught drink driving

The penalty for a first drink driving offence is usually a minimum of a 12 month ban, a fine of up to two thousand five hundred pounds or a prison sentence. Not providing a specimen carries the same penalties. If you are thinking of going out for a few drinks, then why not make alternative arrangements to get home? Taxis are readily available to take you to and from your destination. As the festive season approaches, think seriously about road safety and the consequences to you and others of drink driving.

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