Campaign tackles drink drive myths
December 21, 2012
An anti-drink/drug and drive charity is urging Reading motorists not to be turkeys this Christmas by falling into the trap of believing common misconceptions about driving under the influence.
Drink Driver Education (DDE+) provides courses for convicted drink and drug driving offenders and is working with businesses and colleges in the town to help students and staff to avoid the pitfalls of unintentionally being over the limit.
Points to brush up on to avoid getting plucked by the police over the festive season include:
You have to be over the limit to be convicted.
Not any more – you can be convicted of being impaired through drink or drugs, which means a year’s ban.
You would have to drink loads to be “over” the next day.
Not so, four pints or three glasses of wine the night before could still be there next morning.
I would never drive after drinking.
Not that evening, perhaps, but almost one in five of the 90,000 drivers convicted of drink driving each year are on their way to, or at, work next day.
People who get convicted for drink-driving must drink loads.
Not so, in a recent research project of convicted drink-drivers it was found that the average weekly consumption was only 36 units per week.
DDE+’s Roger Singer said: “During the Christmas and New Year period we see the second largest number of drink drive convictions. People need to be aware how long alcohol lasts in their body after they have drunk it. A pint of strong lager like Stella will take three hours before they can drive and a couple of standard glasses of wine anything up to eight hours.
“Don’t try to guess the drink drive limit – it’s impossible – only drive when you are alcohol free.”