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New Year’s Eve revelers think twice about driving on New Year’s Day

New Years’ Eve is one time in the year that even moderate drinkers throw caution to the wind and in some cases consume more alcohol in one evening than they normally would in an entire week or more. There is the wine consumed while eating, the champagne drunk as old becomes new and the wine, beer or something stronger that is drunk as we dance, play party games or talk well into the wee small hours. While most of us are sensible enought to realise that driving home drunk is not an option and instead opt to take a taxi or walk home, what many people don't realise is just how long alcohol remains in their blood.  The Road Safety Inistitute Vias warns motorists that have drunk excessively on New Year's Eve to think twice before getting behind the wheel of their car on New Year's Day as they may still be over the limit. 

Vias' Stef Willems advises those planning to drive to New Year’s Festivities to designate a driver that will abstain from alcohol throughout the evening/night. Alternatively a sleepover is always an option.

 

A tip for those hosting a New Year’s party is “Provide non-alcoholic alternatives that people enjoy drinking”.

If you have had one over the eight on New Year’s Eve Vias advises you to think twice about driving on New Year’s Day . Many people greatly underestimate how long alcohol remains in the blood. This can sometimes lead to them testing positive for drunk drive or worse still them being involved in an accident.

“Last year on New Year’s Day there were three accident in which the driver tested positive. Often this was not because they had been drinking that day, but the result of them drinking on New Year’s Eve.