How to make sure you are OK to drive the morning after

by Sam Clarke February 09, 2016

How to make sure you are OK to drive the morning after

Did you know...

Random Breath Testing (RBT) allows the Police to stop a vehicle at any time and ask the driver to take a breathalyser test.

“It’s surprising how many drink drivers we do detect in morning and mid-afternoon operations, either from people drinking a lot the night before or parents going out for a lunch before picking the kids up from school and thinking a couple of drinks will be OK,”he said.

“Motorists should be aware that police are now targeting daytime drinkers.” Acting Senior Sergeant Ben Macfarlane.

"Recent announcement from the NSW Police Force - Police will perform 25 random breath tests every minute during a state-wide operation that started early this morning.
Operation Drink Drive 1 began at 12.01am today (Thursday 20 February 2014), and will run until 11.59pm on Saturday (February 22).
It is anticipated police will conduct more than 110,000 random breath tests (RBT) over the three days of the campaign."

It takes time to get the alcohol out of your system, before its safe to drive.

Alcohol leaves the body of at a conservative rate of .015 % of blood alcohol content (BAC) per hour. This is an average rate at which the liver can metabolise alcohol. The result is it can take many times longer to sober up than it took to become intoxicated.

Hours to Rid the Body of Alcohol = Peak BAC/.015

Someone with a BAC of .16, will require over 10 hours to be completely sober and after 7 hours may still not be under the legal driving limit.

Why not do your own test before your leave home?

The safest answer is to do your own Breath Test before you leave homw with a proper Personal Breathalyzer.

There are lots of Breathalyzer units online, starting from as little as $10. Beware of these cheap units, they are not always accurate and won't last long.

Avoid any less than $80.





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