Drink Driving - Don´t do it!
Surprisingly Drink-drive casualties are actually higher in the summer months than over the Christmas period.
With extended leisurely lunches or a barbeque in the evening with family and friends, drinks can flow much more freely, with measures usually larger and the drinks being stronger than those served in a pub.
And when the sun is shining and we’re in a relaxed summer way, it can be very easy to get carried away – especially in this heatwave we are experiencing at the present.
Aswell as the relaxed BBQ there’s also the quick drink after work, which drivers have to be aware of:
A quick pint in the sunshine with your work colleagues may seem harmless but that pint can easily turn into second, then a third! If that happens, the right decision would be to grab a taxi, bus or train, or even walk home – these options will cost you far less than a drink driving charge or accident. If you are finding yourself under pressure from your companions who may think that you are fine to drive them home, after you have been drinking then just say No! Afterall it is your diving licence at stake, not theirs! And as a company car or business van driver – that could mean losing your livelihood!
Someone else’s accident
On a pleasant warm summer evening you may drive to a nice pub or restaurant where you might just have the odd sociable drink or two. Which as a result, can be a very real pressure as you’re not sure whether those drinks have put you over the drink drive limit or not. But you have had food – so it has to be ok, right?
But before you do drive home you may consider this. If you do unfortunately find yourself involved in an accident, whether it was your fault or not, you are very likely to breathalised by the police. And that someone else’s mistake has just become your problem.
The next morning
This is a very important issue for drivers to consider, particularly for example if you have been enjoying day-long drinks with friends on a Sunday and your job requires you to have an early start on the Monday.
IF you have been drinking the day before - even over a long period, you could be over the legal drink-drive limit the next morning when you start your working day.
Alcosense who ran a recent survey found that 51 per cent of respondents, who had been drinking the night before, highly underestimated the levels of alcohol still in their body the following morning. Figures from the Department for Transport indicate that while over the last 20 years the number of drink driving accidents has fallen, the amount of morning-after accidents has actually risen from 7 per cent in 1990 to 18 per cent in 2010. Keep this in mind and arrange alternative transport plans for the next day – it’s just not worth the risk.
The other hazard business car drivers should watch out for is drunk pedestrians – they are the cause of many driving accidents. Watch out for them when you’re driving.
Summer or winter, the advice is if you drink, do not drive and if you drive, do not drink. And if you know the person has been drinking – always refuse a lift.
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25 July 2013
Written by Paul