Drivers urged to beware the morning after a night out

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Northumbria Police is reminding members of the public that alcohol remains in your system until the morning - and could stay there for more than a day.

As the last week before Christmas comes to an end people will be gearing up to celebrate the festive period by having a drink with family and friends.

This is also the time where drivers may be tempted to get behind the wheel when they are over the drink drive limit.

We all hear bold statements like “I can have two pints and drive”, “If I have a big meal I can have another couple of drinks” and “I’ve had a few hours sleep it will be okay”.

But those excuses won’t wash in a courtroom when you are pulled over by a Motor Patrols officer and blow a positive breath test.

Now police want to remind the public about the dangers of the morning after as they continue their ‘month of action’ as part of the Op Dragoon Christmas Drink/Drug Drive campaign.

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.

“People seem to 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.

“If you need to drive the next morning make sure you drink responsibly the night before. That extra pint of beer or glass of wine could be the difference between you being arrested, fined or being involved in a crash the next day.”

So far this winter Motor Patrols officers and the Op Dragoon team have arrested 81 people for drink or drug driving offences as the force looks to crack down on offending.

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 consuming alcohol.

Extra officers are on patrol armed with breathalysers and drug testing kits and road side stations have also been set up to test people for drink and drug driving.

If you suspect anyone of drink driving call 101 or 999 in an emergency.