AA warns drivers will still be drunk at 10pm on 1st Jan

By Gary Adair

With Christmas now behind us, New Year's Eve is the next date on the calendar that will have the police on the look out for an increase in drink driving, and the AA has warned that many people will have drank so much on New Year's Eve that they will still be over the drink drive limit at 10pm the next day.

A survey carried out by AA/Populus revealed that 21 per cent of people plan to drink at least 10 units of alcohol, which would be enough to keep them over the legal drink drive limit until 12 noon the next day. A much smaller percentage (2 per cent) said they would likely drink in excess of 20 units, which would mean they would still be over the limit at 10pm on New Year's Day.

Managing director of the AA Driving School, Jim Kirkwood, said there that while the public understanding of the risks of drink driving is improved, there is still a lack of awareness when it comes to driving the morning after a night out. He advises against "excessive drinking if you know you need to drive the following day".

We strongly encourage anyone leaving the house for New Year's Eve to do so without their car if they are planning to consume alcohol. One of the most common mistakes people make is to say that they will just have one or two alcoholic drinks early in the night and then switch to something else. In a large group of friends on such a 'feel-good' night, that plan usually gets thrown out of the window and people find themselves over the drink drive limit with their car keys in their pocket.

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