The excitement is reaching fever pitch this afternoon as England prepare to take on Croatia later this evening. With so many cities hosting big screen showings of the match it is set to be a big night across the country and we anticipate vast quantities of alcohol will be consumed this evening. However, it is also a time for police forces to significantly plough resources into campaigns against drink driving such as the ‘None for the Road’ campaign and have extra officers waiting to breathalyse motorists they suspect may have had one drink too many.

Olliers Motor Law solicitors want to help you stay safe tonight so here are our top tips:

Avoid needing a drink driving solicitor with our top tips:

1. Have a plan how to get home

  • Have a designated driver who can make sure you get home safely.
  • Check whether it is safe to walk home.
  • Check if public transport is available.
  • Check how all your friends and family are getting home before everyone starts drinking.
  • Make sure someone knows where you are if plans change unexpectedly.
  • Consider staying at a friend’s house so you can get home safely together.

If you plan ahead you are less likely to find yourself stranded and be tempted to get into your vehicle after consuming alcohol.

2. Don’t assume you are under the drink driving limit

We often hear those charged with drink driving say they have had only one or two pints or maybe a glass of wine and assumed that they will be ok to drive their vehicle. Everyone is different as to how their body tolerates alcohol and factors such as age, height, weight and sex can all affect the rate at which your body metabolises alcohol. Some people may be more easily affected by alcohol than othrs and your tolerance does not reflect your actual alcohol level.

Even if you feel capable of driving this does not necessarily mean that you are under the legal limit for driving. A police officer will not care if you feel ok to drive if the breathalyser shows you are in fact over the limit and neither will anyone else who ends up involved in an accident as a result of your drink driving.

The only safe amount of alcohol to drink before driving is none!

3. Make sure you eat before drinking alcohol

Drinking on an empty stomach is a guaranteed way to end up drunk. Make sure you eat well before starting to drink alcohol. The football starts at 7 pm this evening so there’s plenty of time to grab a bite to eat before it starts. Food in your stomach will slow the rate at which alcohol is absorbed by the body. A full stomach often makes people drink less overall as well so it is always beneficial to eat before consuming alcohol.

4. Pace your drinking

In addition to eating, make sure you keep hydrated and drink plenty of water. Alternating your drinks between alcoholic and soft drinks will not only mean you drink less overall and end up less intoxicated, but it may also mean you feel far less hungover the following day. And nobody wants to be hungover when tomorrow is Thursday and a normal working day!

5. Don’t assume you’re safe to drive the morning after drinking

Everybody deals with alcohol differently and processes alcohol at different timescales and so it is impossible to say when you will be safe to drive the next day. If you are able to it may be a good idea to consider working from home the next day if you have had a heavy night or why not book the day off as annual leave so you can have a lazy day.

The World Cup is a fantastic event and we at Olliers Motor Law want you to enjoy yourselves and all the celebrations. We hope all our client have a fantastic time watching the match and wish England the very best of luck.

Ruth Peters – Specialist Motoring Solicitor

Written by Ruth Peters, specialist motoring solicitor at Olliers Motor Law. For further advice in relation to a drink driving offence contact our specialist motoring lawyers on 0808 168 0017, email [email protected] or click here to contact us. We are open from 8am to 10pm daily and will be happy to discuss your case with you.

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