drinkaware.ie and the Road Safety Authority are reminding all drivers to remember the ‘Morning After’ when they are out celebrating over the Christmas period.
Launching this year’s campaign to reduce the incidence of ‘Morning After’ drink driving over Christmas, drinkaware.ie and the Road Safety Authority are challenging Ireland’s drivers with the question “You’d never ever drink or drive. Or would you?”
The message is simple: it takes your body roughly ONE HOUR to get rid of ONE STANDARD DRINK. That’s one hour for a half a pint, or a small glass of wine or a pub measure of spirits, and two hours for a pint to be eliminated from your body. The secret to sobering up is TIME – no amount of coffee, energy drinks, cold showers or breakfast rolls will speed up the process. You might feel better but it doesn’t mean you are fit to drive.
According to official Garda figures, over 400 incidents of “drivers under the influence” were detected in the hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings in the period from January 1st to September 27th 2013.
In that period, on Saturday mornings, a total of 101 such detections were made by Gardai; on Sunday mornings the number was 208, more than five times greater than the mid-week detection figure. On Mondays, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. over that period, a total of 94 incidents of “drivers under the influence” were reported.
Half of the drivers involved were less than 35 years old, peaking in the 30-34 age group.