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Friday 24 January 2020

One-in-six own up to driving the morning after a drink session

Conor Faughnan of the AA
Conor Faughnan of the AA

One-in-six motorists has admitted driving the morning after a drinking session - regardless of whether they were within the legal blood alcohol limit, a new survey has found.

A survey of more than 6,000 drivers conducted by AA Car Insurance found that 9.4pc of drivers admitted driving the day after consuming alcohol.

That is despite the fact they may still be over the legal limit for driving.

Collision

Almost 6pc of respondents admitted doing this repeatedly- up to five times - while almost 1pc of respondents admitted taking to the wheel while hungover on more than five occasions in 2019.

The survey also found that close to one-in-12 drivers has been involved in a near-miss or a collision involving a driver whom they knew or suspected to be over the legal limit.

The survey found that 3.4pc of respondents were involved in at least one near-miss over the past 12 months.

Another 3pc of respondents said that they had encountered a suspected drink driver on the road at some point but not in the past year.

The findings should come as a wake-up call to all road users, according to AA consumer affairs director Conor Faughnan.

"When we speak about drink driving, most people will assume that we're only talking about the person who stumbles out of a pub at 3.30am, falls into their car and takes a stupid risk which puts the lives of other road users in danger," he said.

"However, there is another aspect to drink driving, which is the potential danger posed by people who think that after a few hours' sleep and a strong coffee, they will magically be ready and able to drive.

"You have many people who will do the right thing and get a taxi home after a night out but then just a few hours later, they will get behind the wheel of a car without thinking of the fact that they could still be over the limit.

Risk

"Quite often, people believe that the idea that it takes the body an hour to process a unit of alcohol is a hard-and-fast rule, but it's not that clear cut.

"Generally speaking, if you still have a pounding head and you still feel hungover, then there is a strong likelihood that you may still be over the limit," he added.

Mr Faughnan said this "not only increases your own risk of being involved in an accident, but increases the danger that you pose to other road users who happen to be on the road at the same time".

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