DRIVERS are being warned to beware of the morning after following late-night drinking.
Northumberland County Council’s road safety team is backing a campaign to raise awareness of the length of time alcohol can stay in someone’s system as part of the national anti drink-driving message.
Well-intentioned drivers may not think they are breaking the law, but they could still be over the legal alcohol limit when they get into their car the morning after drinking.
For example, it could take 13 hours for someone to be clear after drinking a bottle of 15 per cent wine or four pints of lager.
Council Executive Member for Infrastructure and Environment Simon Reed said: “The campaign explains that it takes much longer than most people think for alcohol to pass through the body and that because of this it is very likely that many people unwittingly drive while still over the drink-drive limit the morning after heavy drinking.
“The message is to be aimed at helping normally responsible people avoid a drink drive conviction – or much worse, causing a crash and casualties.”
Last year, more people were caught driving over the limit between 6am and 11am than for the hour before or after midnight.
Northumbria Police is also reminding people not to drink and drive, with messages displayed at fuel pumps.
Chief Inspector Peter Reeve said: “We want to make sure we’re getting the message across to the right people.
“The petrol pumps are an ideal opportunity to warn drivers to think before they drink and not to drink and drive in the first few days of the New Year and beyond.”
Anyone caught drink driving could be banned from the roads for 12 months or fined up to £5,000.