Make Sure You,Your Driving Licence and Others Survive the Party Season!
This time of the year we are all busily dusting off our favourite little black dress or sharpest suit and looking forward to mini mince pies at multiple Christmas parties! Meanwhile police officers are dusting off their breathalysers ready to catch those partying recklessly and making our roads unsafe.
Co-op Insurance conducted a survey with 2000 motorists that produced some shocking results.
11% of drivers questioned said they would be drinking over the Christmas period, which equates to around 4.1 m full licence holders in the UK. 49% of these drivers said they would be carrying a passenger who was most likely to be a partner and/or child.
Of the 11% who will be having a drink this Christmas, 18% said they were likely to drive home knowing they were over the limit. If this percentage is applied to the entire driving population in the UK, this would mean 744,000 drivers will be getting behind the wheel knowing they are over the limit this Christmas.
45% of drivers who are likely to drink and drive will be using a residential street to drive home and the average journey will be 5 miles…that’s a long way for something to go wrong and someone to get hurt.
The survey also revealed the reasons why people choose to get in their cars after a drink …
|Reason for drinking and driving||Percentage who gave this reason|
|It won't harm anyone||31|
|A taxi is too expensive||28|
|I don't want to walk home||25|
|I've done it before||20|
|The roads will be quiet||18|
|Alcohol doesn't affect me||18|
|I can handle my drink||13|
|Alcohol doesn't affect my driving||10|
|Because I know other people who drink and drive||7|
|I don't want to rely on anybody else||7|
On top of this, 48% of drivers openly admit the likelihood is they will not be in any fit state to drive in the morning, but 26% will still get in the car anyway. There is no way to speed up the removal of alcohol from the body, no amount of cold showers and cups of coffee in the morning are going to help! On average the body can only process 1 unit of alcohol every hour, all you can do is wait.
The punishments are tough for drink driving and can be given to reflect the nature of the offence. So the further over the limit you are discovered to be, the worse your punishments. Any driver caught drink driving will face a driving ban for at least 12 months, a fine up to £5,000 and a possible 6 month prison sentence.
Police forces across the country will be increasing the number of check points over the festive period. Checks will not only take place in the evenings, but in the mornings as well when the alcohol level in people’s bodies may still be above the legal limit.
Here are Rivervale Leasings top tips to keep your licence over the festive period
- Drink sensibly to begin with. This avoids all the embarrassment the next morning! You will know exactly what you said to who and won’t have revealed any deep dark secrets in your drunken state. If you’ve only had one or two you are far more likely to be fit to drive in the morning.
- Plan your journey home in advance – you may have a designated driver for the night who is not drinking any alcohol. If not, you could plan to get a taxi home and book this in advance so there are no problems at the end of the night.
- Only take out a set amount of money – if you are paying for your own drinks, then only take out enough for a couple and leave your card at home! This way once your money runs out, so does your supply of alcohol!
- Buy a Breathalyser – to be absolutely sure you are fit to drive after consuming alcohol you could invest in your own breathalyser. No matter what time of day, if you blow a positive reading call a taxi, it will be much cheaper than losing your licence.
The comments above do not necessarily reflect Rivervale's views unless clearly stated.
9 December 2015
Written by Natalie Faughy