1.2 Million Boozers Have Driven While Over The Limit From Night Before
Rise In Number Of Drink-Drivers Arrested Morning After Drinking
1.2 million people have recently climbed behind the wheel the morning after drinking heavily without allowing time to fall below the legal limit, Liverpool Victoria has claimed. The insurance company's conclusion comes courtesy a survey of more than sixteen hundred people and their behaviour since 2012. And it seems that this “morning after” offence – for which perpetrators were punished as severely as those caught on the night – has become more common, or the police have become more proficient at catching the culprits. As such, the authorities arrested four percent more offenders between 6am and 8am in 2012 than 2011. This was despite an overall fall in the number of drink-related arrests. Furthermore, men were more likely to offend in this manner than women. Why? Because on average they consumed more than thirteen units of alcohol on a heavy night whereas women had roughly ten. Far less was enough to push motorists beyond the limit.
Drink Driving And The Law
Now, some people ignored the law without conscience but others committed the “morning after” offence by mistake. Why? Because they did not recognise how long the human body requires to process even a single unit of alcohol. It varies, in fact, from person to person based on gender, age, weight, metabolism, diet and whether he/she is on medication, etc. - but the National Health Service's rule of thumb is about an hour. Typically, a single measure of spirit contains one unit of alcohol and a pint of low strength lager, beer or cider contains two. In contrast, a large glass of average strength wine contain three units. The amount of alcohol in a person's system can be measured in the blood, breath and urine. To drive, a motorist must not exceed eighty milligrams per one-hundred millilitres of blood, thirty-five micrograms per one-hundred millilitres of breath or one-hundred and seven micrograms per one-hundred millilitres of urine. These tolerances are higher than in most countries which concerns safety campaigners. Why? Because even a small amount of alcohol can impede driving even if the motorist feels perfectly capable. The best route, therefore, is not to touch a drop before climbing behind the wheel. But those that cannot resist can at least ensure they are below the legal limit by purchasing a hand-held tester. These cost very little and are widely available.