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Twenty Percent Of Motorists Risk Drink Driving Charge The Morning After

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Drink driving campaigns are hitting the spot, with more and more motorists taking precautions to avoid driving while over the legal blood alcohol limit. However, it seems that caution is thrown to the wind the following morning. One in five motorists admits they could well have exceeded the limit when driving in the morning following a night of boozing.

Drivers are clearly aware of the risks involved, with many admitting to trying mitigating techniques. Over a third believe that drinking a lot of water will reduce their blood alcohol level and 16% have tried eating a fried breakfast, to try and 'soak up' some of the damage. Nine percent of drinkers believe fruit juice will make them safe to drive the next morning, 6% swear by aspirin, 3% have gone for a run to attempt to reduce their blood alcohol level and 2% believe a swig of Irn-Bru will do the trick. A particularly desperate 2% have put their faith in chocolate...

Half of drivers are sensible enough to organise a lift or a designated alcohol free driver to get home on a night of heavy drinking, but less importance is given to transport the following morning. This Christmas, motoring organisations are keen to make sure that all drivers are aware of the risk that blood alcohol levels can still be at illegal levels the following morning, and that similar precautions are taken to avoid a charge of drink driving. There are no hangover remedies or nutritional tricks that will reduce your blood alcohol level - they may soothe a hangover somewhat but the only way to make sure you are legal and safe to drive the following morning is to drink less or give enough time for your body to process the alcohol content before driving.

19,887 drivers were questioned on their attitude to driving the morning after drinking by Populus.

Drivers receiving a drink driving charge in the morning are at the same risk of penalties, including losing their licence, as drivers stopped the night before. In Scotland, where the legal blood alcohol limit was reduced earlier this month from 80mgs per 100ml to 50mgs, 10% of the 434 failed breath tests in a four week period took place in the morning, after 6am.

230 road deaths were attributed to drink driving in 2012. Of those who were killed in a road accident that year, about a quarter of vehicle drivers and 6% of motorcyclists were found to be over the legal blood alcohol limit.

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