Mask, Phone, Wallet? Keep you car keys off the list if you are planning on drinking alcohol on a night out
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As of Monday 17 May, restrictions have been lifted and you are now able to enjoy going inside pubs and restaurants. Your tolerance level to alcohol may have lowered since last year and we are urging those who drive, to consider the dangers of drink driving and the consequences which will follow if you do.
Following our post on Thursday urging people not to get behind the wheel if you have consumed alcohol, we are highlighting why it is never okay to drink and drive.
- If you are planning on drinking alcohol, leave your car keys at home. There is no excuse to drive if you have had a drink. If you are over the limit, you can receive a maximum penalty of six months in prison, an unlimited fine and a substantial driving ban. If you kill someone and are over the drink drive limit, you could face up to 14 years in prison.
- You may only live five minutes away from the pub and know the roads like the back of your hand, however alcohol impairs your concentration and response times which are things you cannot compromise on when driving.
- Do not get into someone’s car if you suspect they have drunk any amount of alcohol. It may be appealing to be given a free ride home instead of waiting for a bus or a minicab but both you and the driver should make alternative arrangements to get home.
- If you see one of your friends about to drive home, be the one to tell them about not getting behind the wheel. You could save someone from being seriously injured or killed, which could be your friend, an innocent bystander or both.
- If you have been drinking the night before and plan on driving the next day, you may feel fine to do so, however there is a strong possibility that you still have alcohol in your body and so it is unsafe to drive. The myths around drinking coffee, sweating the alcohol out or taking a cold shower does not help sober you up more quickly. Time and patience are the best ways to sober up, drinking water can help rehydrate you.
- Thinking you are okay to drive as you have had only one drink, does not give you an excuse to drive. Although you may not feel the side effects of having just one alcoholic drink, it will still be in your system and the risk of you having an accident increases. Alcohol effects everyone differently due to varying factors such as age, metabolism, tiredness and
Seen someone drink driving?
Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to £1000 if you can provide information on a drink or drug driver, which leads to the arrest of one or more individuals resulting in them being formally charged.
Your anonymity is 100% guaranteed. To report an incident please contact them, via their online form or over the phone on 0800 555 111.
If you suspect someone of drink driving, or know someone who is about to drive while under the influence, call us on 101. If there is an immediate danger to life, call 999.