The AA has warned of drink-driving dangers ahead of the festive period.
A survey shows that over 1 in 5 admit to driving the morning after a night out while unsure if their blood alcohol level had returned to within the legally permissible limit.
12.45% of those surveyed that they had driven the morning after the night before on one occasion despite being unsure of whether or not they were over the limit, while a further 8.12% admitted to doing this on up to five occasions.
The survey also finds that over 1 in 10 people have been in a car where they knew or suspected that the driver was over the legal blood alcohol limit within the past 24 months.
Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs has issued a warning to motorists.
If you have been drinking it’s of vital importance that you don’t get behind the wheel of a car until it is safe for you to do so."
"While the majority of us would never think of drinking and driving on the same night, we often forget that alcohol can continue to impact on your concentration, reaction times and driving ability into the following day, depending on how much you have consumed.”
“Everyone wants to have an enjoyable Christmas so for the sake of all road users, whether they drive, walk or cycle, if you have been drinking stay away from your car and do your part to make the roads safer."
"If you are nursing a hangover stay in, watch a movie, eat chocolate, do whatever it takes to comfort yourself just don’t get behind the wheel”