Somerset’s road safety team is warning rugby fans to make sure they are not over the drink drive limit the morning after drinking alcohol during the forthcoming Rugby World Cup 2015 (18 Sept – 31 Oct).
With the Rugby World Cup being held at 12 stadiums across England and one in Wales, the event will attract massive media attention and the interest not just of rugby fans, but a majority of sports fans.
As with all major sporting events, the tournament will be enjoyed and celebrated by millions, with alcohol playing a part in those celebrations.
Somerset’s road safety team is using the event as a timely reminder of the ‘Morning After Calculator’ which was launched earlier this year.
The free app, which is also being promoted by the West of England Road Safety Partnership and other road safety teams around the country, has been produced to help people understand how long it takes for alcohol to pass through their body.
The user enters the drinks they’ve consumed and the app calculates roughly when the alcohol is likely to have passed through their body.
Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s cabinet member for road safety, said: “If you are drinking any amount of alcohol on a night out – even one drink – you should leave the car at home and make alternative arrangements.
“This app isn’t to help people work out how much they can drink before driving and won’t help if you are arrested for drink-driving. But it’s a useful tool to remind us all just how long it takes to return to normal following a night out.
“Anyone watching the rugby with alcohol needs to plan ahead and arrange alternative transport the following morning if they have to travel to work, for the school run, or any other engagements.
“It takes much longer than most people think for alcohol to pass through the body which means there is often a danger of people unknowingly driving while still over the legal limit the next morning.”
The app, which is available free of charge from Google play and the Apple App Store, has achieved more than 3,000 downloads since its launch.
For more information about the Morning After campaign, including the Rogby World Cup creative, contact Sally Bartrum on 01379 650112.