New campaign aims to tackle drink drivers

Sunshine on Halifax Town Hall, with blue sky above.
Sunshine on Halifax Town Hall, with blue sky above.
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Drink drivers are the focus of a new campaign from Calderdale Council to get drivers to think before they get behind the wheel.

The ‘Day of the Drink Driver’ campaign’ is aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of drink driving and help people realise that even just a few alcoholic drinks the night before could mean the driver is over the limit the morning after.

Hundreds of leaflets and posters have gone out to pubs, clubs and local businesses across Calderdale with the aim of making the dangers of drink driving known.

It’s important for drivers to be aware of how long it takes for alcohol to leave the body; this can be different for everyone.

Typically, a bottle of 15% wine or four pints of beer can take up to 13 hours to leave your body, meaning that you would be over the limit until 1pm the next day if you finished drinking at midnight.

A council spokesperson said: “Driving over the limit puts the driver, passengers and other road users in danger.

“You could lose your licence, leaving a dramatic impact on your life or a conviction could stay on your licence for 11 years.”

For more information about the campaign, visit Have a safe night out.

To find out about how long it takes for alcohol to leave the body, visit www.morning-after.org.uk.