Football fans warned of dangers of drink driving

Drink drive
Drink drive

Bedfordshire Police are warning World Cup football fans not to be tempted to get behind the wheel after having a drink.

Police officers will be targeting drivers throughout the tournament, both after matches and also the morning after and are asking for supporters planning to drive to watch games in pubs to be extra vigilant.

It is estimated for each unit of alcohol consumed it takes at least an hour to enter the body and a further hour to leave it. If you were to drink four pints of lager, for exampple, you should not drive for at least 13 hours from finishing your last pint.

Chief Inspector Richard Hann of the Bedfordshire Roads Policing Unit said: “It is important anyone thinking of getting behind the wheel either following a match or the morning after a heavy day or night of drinking thinks carefully.

“This time of year always carries a greater risk of drink driving and we need to target our enforcement on this for the driver’s safety and also for the safety of others.”

“We encourage people showing support for their teams in the World Cup but we also want people to have a good time responsibly.

“Please do not take the risk of driving if you plan to drink as you will more than likely be caught and the potential consequences on both yourself and others will be severe and won’t be worth the risk.”

Tips to avoid drink driving include:

- appoint a designated driver or plan your journey home ahead, not planning your journey home can make drink driving more tempting.

- the morning after an evening’s drinking can be just as dangerous as the night before so make sure you leave a suitable length of time before you decide to drive in the morning, even though you may feel fine you may be still over the legal limit.

- leave your vehicle at home – if you think you may possibly drive home then leave your vehicle at home to rule this out.

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