When will you be safe to drive…

The Safer Peterborough Partnership is reminding drivers of the legal and personal consequences of drinking and driving during the summer months, with particular focus on the up and coming Football World Cup. It takes a lot longer than most people think for alcohol to pass through the body.

On average it takes around one hour per unit of alcohol, though this can vary depending on a number of factors.


This includes people going about everyday activities such as driving to work, doing the school run, or popping to the shops or to see friends.

If you drive at twice the legal alcohol limit you are at least 30 times more likely to cause a road crash than a driver who hasn’t been drinking. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. You may think you’re in control but the effects of alcohol on your driving can include; slower reactions, reduced field of vision, poorer judgement of speed and distance, overconfidence and increased risk taking.

A drink drive conviction has the potential to ruin someone’s life with a mixture of legal and personal consequence. Convictions mean at least a 12-month driving ban, a criminal record a heft find and possible life style change.

Here are a couple of facts about drink driving and the ‘morning after’:

• In 2012, 290 people were killed in drink drive accidents in Great Britain (17% of all reported road fatalities), an increase of around a quarter compared with 2011 (DfT provisional figures).

• In 2011 more people failed breath tests between the hours of 6am and 11am than during the hour before or after midnight (ACPO).

We’re not saying ‘don’t drink’, but we are saying ‘don’t drink anything if you are driving’ and ‘don’t drink heavily if you have to drive the following morning’.

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