With the new lower alcohol limits, people are discovering they are still over the limit when they drive home the next day.
The morning after your Christmas party might be your downfall under new drink drive laws.
The new limits will add a couple of hours to your sobering-up time, warns an emergency department specialist, meaning you could still be over the limit as late as mid-morning.
And women are particularly at risk of falling foul of the law, says clinical toxicologist Dr Paul Quigley.
“Even if females stop drinking at 1am and then go to bed and sleep they will still be over the legal limit at 10am. Under the old drink-driving levels they would just squeak under at 8am.”
The legal alcohol count for drivers aged 20 and over was lowered from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, or 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath (previously 400) on December 1.
Quigley expects more people will be ticketed by police in the mornings as stricter levels mean on average it will take men about an extra hour to fall below the new alcohol limit the next day, and up to two hours for women.
It’s getting to the point of “don’t drink and drive for 24 hours”.
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