Be Safe This Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching which means lots of merriment, celebration and partying in the run up to the big day. It is also the time of year that the police begin their annual blitz on drink and drug driving.

Most people know not to risk driving the same evening they go out drinking (or taking drugs), but people often fail to realise they can still be significantly over the legal drink drive limit the following day, or over the drug drive limit for days, possibly weeks after consuming recreational drugs.

On average, it takes one hour for a healthy liver to process one unit of alcohol; meaning just three glasses of wine could take nearly seven hours to leave the system. However, this does depend on a number of factors, such as weight, gender, age, and even current stress levels, so it is not always easy to tell whether the alcohol will be out of your blood stream.

If you smoke cannabis, it can stay in the system for a number of days, even longer for regular users. Taking cocaine can produce a metabolite called BZE which will be higher the more regularly it is used.

The consequences of a conviction nearly always lead to a minimum 12 months ban from driving, which in turn may cost you your job and impact upon future employability.

If you find yourself needing any advice, please contact myself or one of the team.