Safe to drive after a heavy night of drinking?

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A police chief is calling on drivers not to be caught out the morning after a heavy night of drinking as the Christmas crackdown continues.

More than 3,500 drivers in Norfolk and Suffolk have been breath tested since the start of this year’s drink drive campaign, launched on December 1.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of roads policing in Norfolk and Suffolk, said a number of drivers stopped and breathalysed had provided readings close to the limit and called on motorists to plan ahead and leave the car at home when celebrating.

Ch Insp Spinks said: “With the big day fast approaching people will be heading out, visiting family and friends and enjoying a drink.

“While many people will make plans for their journeys on the night, it is also important to consider ‘the morning after’ because although you may not have had a drink for several hours, you could still be over the limit if it was a heavy night.

“Several people have provided readings close to the legal limit in the morning and admitted to drinking the night before. I would urge people to think about the consequences of drink driving; you will almost certainly lose your driving licence which can in turn impact heavily on you work and social life and a criminal conviction is a gift no one wants this Christmas.”

A 33-year-old man was arrested in Capel St Mary, Suffolk, on Monday, December 15, after a member of the public called 999 to raise concerns over the driving manner of a car travelling on the A14. Police were dispatched and the vehicle was later stopped in London Road at about 11am and the driver provided a positive reading on the roadside of 178 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – five times the legal limit. The suspect was arrested and later charged with drink driving and bailed to appear before Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday, December 29.

Meanwhile in Hingham, near Wymondham in Norfolk, a 17-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving in the early hours of Sunday, December 14, after police received several complaints about a car skidding around on ice. Officers attended and the driver provided a positive reading of 37mcg at the roadside. He provided further positive readings in custody of 44mcg. The teenager was later charged with drink driving and released on bail to appear at Norwich Youth Court on Tuesday, December 30.

Last year 5,547, drivers were tested across both counties with 204 testing positive and police work closely with partners Think! Norfolk partnership and Suffolk Roadsafe to make roads safer and prevent more people from being killed or seriously injured.