A Scottish motorist has proven that feeling “fit to drive” the afternoon after the night before does not necessarily mean you are below the legal limit.
Michael Higgins, 40, a photographer from South Queensferry in Edinburgh, discovered he was still over the limit at lunchtime on Friday – almost 13 hours after his last pint.
Before getting behind the wheel luckily he was able to use his handheld breathalyser to find out if it was safe and legal for him to drive.
Michael, who consumed an estimated 8-10 pints on Thursday evening, blew 35 microgrammes per 100 milliliters of breath which equaled the limit in England and Wales, but was almost double the Scottish limit of 22 at 12.45pm on Friday.
The device which costs less than thirty pounds potentially saved his license and a lengthy criminal record, on the same day Police Scotland launched their festive drink driving campaign. The campaign will run until Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
Hunter Abbott, Managing Director AlcoSense Laboratories that manufactures the devices said: “It’s not just about being below the limit. At the Scottish limit you are 5 times as likely to be involved in a fatal accident than when sober.
“If you drink in the evening, take a taxi, but be aware that you could still have alcohol in your system the morning after the night before. As everyone processes alcohol slightly differently, it’s difficult to calculate when you’ll be clear the next day.
“Using an accurate personal breathalyser gives you the tools to make an informed decision, rather than leaving it to potentially fatal guesswork.”
Roads Policing Inspector Campbell Moffat said: “If you choose to drink drive you run the risk of being caught, reported to the court, disqualified from driving for a minimum period of 12 months, have a criminal record for a lengthy period and in some cases your vehicle maybe subject to forfeiture. Getting caught will no doubt have wider implications in other areas of your life.
“So, if you do decide to go out, plan ahead and think about how you are going to get home. The message is quite simple – the best approach is none.”
Anyone with information on drink drivers, at anytime, (not just during the campaign) can contact Police on the 999 emergency number, or alternatively through Crimestoppers if you wish to remain anonymous on 0800 555 111.