Police ‘morning after’ warning to drivers

Drivers can still be over the limit the morning after drinking.
Drivers can still be over the limit the morning after drinking.

Police are warning motorists about the dangers of driving the morning after the night before.

As part of Northumbria Police’s drink-drive and winter road safety campaign, officers are warning all motorists to think before they drink if they are planning to drive the next day.

Motor Patrols Chief Inspector John Heckels said: “We are making arrests for drink-driving where the offenders haven’t touched a drop of alcohol since the night before.

“We hear the same story time and time again that the person who has been caught driving over the limit had a few drinks the night before but thought they would be fine the next morning.

“This assumption is a costly one and is plainly wrong. People think that sleeping, eating something or drinking coffee helps sober you up, however the only thing that gets rid of the alcohol in your system is time.

“On the run-up to Christmas, people will be socialising more and attending work parties and events, and are more likely to be having a drink. If you know you have to drive the next day then think before you drink and moderate yourself.

“Bear this in mind and know that the extra pint of beer or glass of wine could be the difference in you being arrested, fined or being involved in a crash the next day.”

Throughout December, the force has been running a month-long winter road safety campaign and cracking down on drink-driving.

All drivers involved in crashes during December will be breath tested, as well as those who have committed a moving road traffic offence such as speeding and people suspected of drink-driving or attempting to drive after drinking alcohol.

Anyone who suspects anyone of drink-driving should contact Northumbria Police Road Safety Unit on 101 ext 69191 or 999 in an emergency.