Safety over Christmas: don’t drink and drive

Heading out to the Christmas party? Choose a ‘designated driver’ to get you home safely or plan your transport in advance. Don’t take the risk of drink-driving.

Driving under the influence of alcohol puts you, your passengers and other people on the road at serious risk of harm. Between 2010 and 2015, there were 36,900 reported drink drive accidents and 1,410 reported deaths caused by drink driving accidents in Britain.

Although there is a legal alcohol limit for drivers, it’s important to remember that ANY level of alcohol can slow your reaction time and impair your judgement, making it difficult to drive safely.

Tips to help you avoid drink-driving

  • If you’re on a night out, arrange within your group of friends who will be the designated driver. A designated driver is the person who abstains from alcohol on a night out so they can drive the rest of their group of friends home safely.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, plan your transport in advance – take numbers for taxis or take note of train times.
  • If you are driving, stick to soft drinks, mocktails or zero-alcohol beers
  • Don’t allow your friends to drink-drive – talk to them about safety and explain that you won’t travel with a driver under the influence of alcohol
  • If you witness drink-driving, the law is clear – you must report it to the police 

What about the morning after?

Every year, drink-driving causes serious injury and death on Britain’s roads. And it’s not only dangerous on a night out – if you’ve been drinking heavily, you may still be unfit to drive the morning after. On average, it takes one hour for a single unit of alcohol to be filtered through your system. This means that you easily be over the legal limit the next day.

If you drive under the influence of alcohol, you could face a ban or a fine of up to £5,000.