Brake appeals for drivers to stay sober this Christmas

As the festive season starts to get underway, the road safety charity Brake is appealing to drivers to stay completely sober this Christmas.

Under its Not a drop, not a drag campaign, Brake is asking drivers to neither drink nor take drugs before driving as research shows that one in seven deaths on the road are caused while the vehicle user is under the influence.

Brake is asking the UK government to lower the limit for drink driving due to research showing that one drink can affect performance behind the wheel. In Europe, the drink drive limit is lower than that of the UK.

Additionally, Brake is calling for a law to be introduced against driving with drugs in the body, in order to make it easier for those who have taken drugs to be prosecuted and to encourage the use of drug-testing equipment at the roadside.

The campaign was launched at the same time at the yearly campaign on drink and drug driving enforcement from the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Deputy chief executive of Brake Julie Townsend said: "Drink and drug driving deaths and injuries are cruel and needless, ending and ruining lives and leaving behind traumatised families to pick up the pieces. If you're driving home from celebrations this festive season, especially if you're a designated driver, it's vital you take your responsibility for people's safety seriously. It's a proven fact that even small amounts of alcohol or drugs inflate your risk of crashing."

The legal limit for alcohol in the UK is 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. If you are being breathalysed, it is 35 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. Otherwise, it is 107 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine.

How this measures up varies from person to person and is changeable depending on weight, metabolism, stress levels at the time, how recently the individual has eaten, age and gender. Where the latter two points are concerned, it is known that younger people and women tend to process alcohol more slowly.

  • On: 17 December 2013
  • By: CarShop

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