New Year's Day catches out drink drivers
Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, says: “New Year’s Day is a fresh start for a lot of people, but unfortunately some drivers are starting the year the wrong way. Our research found that in 2017, at least 98 drivers were arrested for being over the legal limit on New Year’s Day*.
“With more than one in seven (15%) admitting to driving on NYD despite still feeling over the limit or hungover, there are a worrying number of drivers confused about how long they should wait between drinking alcohol and driving. We’ve created a morning-after calculator that gives an idea as to how much alcohol is still in your system. While no calculator is 100% accurate, it does give a view on how long alcohol typically takes to leave your body to give a quick indication of when you might be safe to drive.
“We don’t expect drivers to give up alcohol on New Year’s Eve, but we strongly advise they plan their night sensibly and make sure they are leaving enough time between drinking and driving the next morning, to eliminate the slightest chance they might still be over the limit.”
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*Based on the number of incidents recorded on 1st Jan where 1st of Jan was reported as one of the top three days in 2017 for offences. Confused.com requested police forces listen the top three dates which the highest number of offences in 2017.
**No blood alcohol calculator is 100% accurate, as there are a number of factors that impact how your body processes alcohol. This tool should be used for reference purposes only, and shouldn't be used to determine whether you're fit to drive. If in doubt, do not drive.