Don’t drink and drive this summer

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DON’T ruin a night out by drinking and driving - that’s the message from Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership this summer.

Partnership chairman Mike Ashworth said: “If you drive at twice the legal limit you’re at least 30 times more likely to cause a road crash than someone who hasn’t been drinking.

“Why gamble with your own life and put others at risk? It’s not worth it.”

Mike added: “Even if you don’t crash, getting behind the wheel after a drink can change your life. “If you get caught, you risk losing your licence and could face a fine and even a prison sentence.”

Follow the partnership’s safety tips in order to stay safe this summer:

- Don’t drink any alcohol if you’re planning to drive

There’s no foolproof way of drinking and staying under the limit. Your tolerance depends on lots of things including your weight, your age, your metabolism and how stressed you are. You might think you feel fine but that’s because alcohol affects your judgement. It can also alter your mood making you over confident and more likely to take risks. Even a small amount of alcohol can slow your reactions, reduce your coordination and limit your field of vision.

- Don’t believe myths about how to sober up quickly

You could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink, even if it’s the ‘morning after’. Sleep, coffee and cold showers don’t help to sober you up. Time is the only thing that works.

- Plan how to get home without driving if you’re planning to drink alcohol

There are plenty of options. Find out if one of your mates is willing to drive – you could offer to pick up their tab or return the favour at a later date. Alternatively you could get a cab or use public transport. It’s best to be prepared – check the bus timetable or programme the number of a trusted taxi firm into your phone before you leave home.