MLA raises awareness of driving the ‘morning after’

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
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Sinn Féin Road Safety spokesperson and MLA for Newry and Armagh, Cathal Boylan, has spoken of the need for forethought around drinking over the Christmas period. Speaking to Newry Times Boylan said, “Now that we are entering the festive season with works parties and outings I would urge drivers to refrain from drinking and driving. Where possible, people should leave their cars at home and arrange designated drivers, a taxi or avail of public transport. People should bear in mind that alcohol takes a long time to leave the system. Most sources believe that only one “standard-unit” of alcohol is removed by the body per hour, this means that anyone who takes more than they usually drink will still be over the limit if driving the next morning.”

The Newry and Armagh MLA added, “Many of us make arrangements to be picked up from a party, but then believe that something to eat and a shower the next morning will leave us fit for driving. This is not the case. Mistakes like this could cost your licence or much worse. So I would say enjoy the festivities and keep safe by not driving until you have given enough time for your body to recover from that good night out. Finally, I hope all drivers, passengers and pedestrians have a happy, prosperous, enjoyable and, most importantly, a safe Christmas and New Year.”

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