Beware the perils of summer drink-driving

Messenger Newspapers: Beware the perils of summer drink-driving Beware the perils of summer drink-driving

DRIVERS in Trafford have been warned to be aware if the risks of summertime drink-driving.

Drink-drive casualties actually peak in the summer with people enjoying a leisurely lunchtime or evening barbeque with friends and family.

The measures are likely to be larger and the drinks stronger than those served in a pub, and it’s easy to get carried away.

A spokesman for the Institute of Advanced Motorists said: “Beware the quick drink after work. One pint with your colleagues in the sun might seem harmless but it can quickly turn into two, then three.

“Get a taxi, train or walk – it’ll cost much less than a drink-drive charge or accident. And ignore peer pressure. Your companions might think it’s a good idea for you to drive them home, but if you’ve been drinking just say no. It’s your licence at stake.

“Driving with good intentions to a party, to a pub or to a restaurant and then just having a drink or two, puts more pressure on you to risk driving home, even if you’re not sure whether you are below the limit.

“You are likely to be breathalysed if you are involved in a collision, even if it is not your fault. Whether or not you think you’re fit to drive, don’t take the chance or somebody else’s mistake might become your problem.

“How much did you drink last night? A drinking session the night before could put you over the legal limit the next day. “ Figures from the Department for Transport indicate that while the overall number of accidents involving drink driving has fallen over the past 20 years, the proportion of morning-after accidents has risen from seven per cent in 1990 to 18 per cent in 2010.

The spokesman added: “Many accidents also involve drunk pedestrians. Watch out for them when you're driving.

“Summer or winter, if you drink, don’t drive and if you drive, don’t drink. And always refuse a lift from someone you know has been drinking.”

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