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Drivers – Take extra care over this festive period, which is known to be worst time of year for crashes

Drivers need to be vigilant over the festive period, with the 14th, 15th, 22nd and 23rd of December historically being some of the worst days of the year for crashes.

As we all know, the lead up to Christmas can be a very frantic and chaotic time. Studies and data consistently show that this happens on the road just as much as in the shops and at home. Whether you’re visiting relatives or doing some last-minute shopping, it’s easy to be distracted at this time of year so it’s important that you stay alert, take your time and be aware of other drivers on the road.

Drink aware

Drink driving is an offence that is constantly on the rise, and ever prevalent at this time of year. Recent government statistics showed an increase in drink-drive related deaths in Britain which are now at an eight-year high.

Some 4,761 drivers were convicted of drink driving offences last December, according to statistics revealed by 40 UK police forces.

The current drink-drive limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80mg per 100ml of blood

Know your limits and don’t take the risk this Christmas. Depending on a number of factors such as weight, age, gender, your alcohol tolerance, and what you’ve eaten at the time, your limits may vary.

For men, one pint of normal-strength beer is considered the average national limit. If you have drank two pints, allow two hours or more to pass before you get behind the wheel again.

For women, 1 large glass of wine would put you over the limit so keep it to a small or medium.

Although these are known as ‘average national limits’ it is still better you don’t drive at all once you’ve had a drink for the night.

Last year all drink and drug drivers were publicly named by North Yorkshire Police to raise awareness of the consequences of the crimes and deter people from committing the offences. It is not known yet if they will be continuing this for 2019.

West Yorkshire Police have also been urging people not to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs.

The force has launched its Christmas campaign to try and reduce drink and drug driving and will be carrying out increased patrols.

Chief Inspector Lisa Kirkland, Head of West Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said:
“What we are asking is for people to plan ahead and think not just about how they are going to get home on a night but also about their plans for the following morning.

“Every year, we catch people driving under the influence of drink or drugs not just in the evening but also the next day, dropping the children at school, driving to work, taking the car on a Christmas shopping trip.

“Christmas can be costly enough but think about what it would mean for your new year to be facing losing your licence, an unlimited fine and potentially time in prison.

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