12:07 pm, Fri 30 Nov 2012
Devon and Cornwall Police released dramatic footage of a drink-fuelled collision as part of the force's annual drink drive Christmas campaign.
The CCTV footage shows a car, driven by a man who had been drinking, crashing into the Three Elms pub in Brixham and seriously injuring landlord Kevin O'Neil.
The driver received a 12-month prison sentence and was banned for driving for two years.
10:28 am, Fri 30 Nov 2012
Julie Townsend, the head of road safety charity Brake, said she supports the targeting of younger drivers in their early 20s and morning-after drivers.
She said that many people do not realise the risks of driving after even one small drink.
3:15 am, Fri 30 Nov 2012
To help avoid morning after drink driving, as a guide, you can work out the time it takes to sober up
by counting units consumed, and, starting from one hour after finishing drinking, adding an hour for each unit.
Three glasses of wine at 11pm means you can't drive until at least 10.15am the next day
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This means that if you drink four pints of 4.5% larger, at 2.6 units each, and finish drinking at 11.00pm, you should avoid driving until at least 10.15am the next morning.
Three glasses of 250ml (that's a large pub measure) glasses of wine @ 14%ABV - if finished drinking at 11pm you're not be safe until 10.30am the next day.
The calculation is basically ABV x ml / 1000. You then start from an hour from when you finished drinking, adding an hour for each unit consumed.
3:05 am, Fri 30 Nov 2012
Recent research found that more than half of young drivers and over a third of older motorists are risking lives by driving first thing in the morning after drinking a lot the night before.
Half of young drivers are said to be risking their lives the morning after drinking
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While far fewer people are taking the risk of drink-driving at night, more are getting into their cars in the morning. Many without realising they could still be over the legal limit to drive.
The research by
road safety charity Brake suggests people are failing to understand that just because you’ve been to sleep, it doesn’t mean you’re no longer affected by alcohol.
There is no effective way to estimate the level of alcohol in your blood by counting the units of alcohol you drink, as alcohol is absorbed at different rates depending on factors including: height, weight, tiredness, stress levels, and how much and how recently you have eaten.
2:48 am, Fri 30 Nov 2012
Morning after motorists will be targeted by police
in this year’s Christmas drink drive campaign, reports the Telegraph.
Drivers could be unaware that they are over the drink limit, police have said
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Police believe many motorists are unaware that they are still likely to be over the drink drive limit when they go to work the morning after their festive celebration.
2:21 am, Fri 30 Nov 2012
Drivers should be in no doubt that if they get behind the wheel after drinking this Christmas, they risk losing their licence as well as facing a fine and even a prison sentence.
Christmas should be a time for a celebration not a night in the cells. That is why our TV advert reminds drivers of the consequences of a drink-drive conviction.
Last year 280 people were killed in accidents where the driver was over the limit. Our message is clear: Do not let a selfish decision ruin your life or someone else's.
– Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond
2:16 am, Fri 30 Nov 2012
A hard-hitting TV commercial reissued today will spearhead the Government's Christmas anti drink-drive campaign and target 'well intentioned' morning after drivers.
Part of the Think! campaign, the Government initiative coincides with the beginning of a crackdown on drink-drivers being launched by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo).