‘Morning after’ booze warning for drivers

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ONE in five Yorkshire motorists have driven the morning after a night of heavy drinking - even when they thought they might have been over the limit.

Almost half admit to using a fried breakfast, fruit juice or drinking lots of water to try to reduce the level of alcohol in their blood the morning after, a survey at the motoring organisation AA and Populus revealed.

Some even admitted to eating chocolate, taking aspirin or going for a run in an attempt to reduce the alcohol in their systems before driving.

The worrying results come as West Yorkshire Police launched its Christmas drink driving campaign. Last year, 189 people were caught over the limit during the festive period, including 70 in Leeds alone, with the most common age for those caught between 25 and 34.

This year, the force is revealing the age, gender and home town of each suspect caught, along with details of the offence, in attempt to highlight the “significant danger” and the long-reaching consequences of a drink or drug-driving conviction.

The AA poll showed that half of Yorkshire revellers agreed on a designated driver before heading out for a night drinking, which AA president Edmund King said was “encouraging.”

However, it was still important to consider arrangements for the morning after, he said.

The survey showed that nationally, women were more likely than men to nominate a designated driver before a night out drinking, but only 43 per cent of 18-24 year olds would do so compared with 58 per cent of those aged 65 or over.

“It is encouraging to see that many people are choosing to select a designated driver before a night out but it’s really important that they also consider arrangements for the morning after too.

“Alcohol levels in the body can still mean that drivers are over the limit the following morning and we want to ensure that people are fully aware of this when they are making the decision whether or not to get behind the wheel,” Mr King added.

Over the weekend, West Yorkshire Police charged a 34-year-old man from Thornhill, Dewsbury, with driving over the limit.

A 44-year-old man from Garforth was also charged with driving while unfit through drink after being caught at Garforth Working Mens Club.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a 23-year-old drink driver from Castleford was also caught and charged,

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom said: “It’s vitally important these people, many of which will be forging their careers and who may have a young family, realise the life-limiting consequences associated with a drink or drug driving conviction.”