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Drink Driving Clamp Down!

Police are clamping down even harder this year on drink driving. Year on year they have been pushing to stop people from drink driving. This year they are doing this by offering a £1000 reward for anyone who reports a drink driver, and the person reported is then convicted of this charge. Crimestoppers have put up this reward to appeal for information on anyone under the influence of drugs and alcohol, the size of the reward will reflect the nature and seriousness of the offence. This scheme has been rolled out over Derbyshire and West Midlands already but every police force will be introducing their own clamp down.

The number of people injured in drink driving accidents increased last year from 2011 which will have influenced this big clamp down. In 2012 a total of 290 people were killed by drink-driving accidents. This is up by a quarter over the previous 12 months according to the Department for Transport. This figure means an alarming total of 17% of all road fatalities are related to drink-driving. Another survey found that over 1 million motorists got behind the wheel over a period of 2 years when they were under the influence of alcohol.

All motorists need to be mindful of how they travel over the Christmas season and beyond. Drivers should take into account that the day after a night drinking they could still be over the limit. There has been research into the next day effects from drinking and the following guide has been created:

Number of units + 1 hour = minimum time to allow before driving

Drink Type

Unit

Hours To Wait

1 Glass of Wine 13%

3.5

3.5

1 Glass of Wine 15%

4

4

1 Pint 4%

2.5

2.5

1 Pint 5%

2

2

1 Alco Pop Bottle 5%

2

2

1 Single Shot

1.5

1.5

1 Double Shot

3

3

N.B this is just a guide and is not exact.

We’re sure you are all sensible drivers but do remember to THINK before you get into a vehicle after drinking. If you do drink drive you are putting your life and the lives of others into danger and if you get caught you could lose your license and you may find it hard to get future employment if you are convicted. Is it worth it?

 

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