Aussie campaign 'highlights morning' after risk
An Australian council has developed a campaign that includes a calculator to warn drivers they may still be over the blood alcohol limit the morning after a big night out.
Sandra Robinson, road safety and traffic officer, says the number of people caught driving under the influence (DUI) between 6am and 12noon has ‘increased dramatically’.
She said: “Every year I get calls from shocked drivers wanting to know why they have been charged with DUI the morning after a big night out.
“This year we are distributing brochures, posters and drink coasters as part of the ‘R U OVER IT?’ campaign.
“Every standard drink takes an hour for a healthy male, and 1.5 – 2 hours for a healthy female, to be broken down in the liver.
“Eating a meal, consuming extra water and regular alcohol consumption does not change the amount of time it takes your body to process alcohol.
“It is a real shame when people end up with a criminal record for driving the morning after a big night out, especially when they have been responsible enough not to drink and drive when they do go out.”
Contact Sandra Robinson at Leeton Shire Council for more information or visit: www.ruoverit.com.au .