Road campaigners issue ‘Morning After’ drink drive reminder to sports fans

Rugby fans are being reminded to make sure they are not over the drink drive alcohol limit the morning after watching a world cup game.

The Rugby World Cup starts on 18 September and Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team is using it as a timely reminder of the ‘Morning After Calculator’ launched earlier this year.

Alcohol often plays a part in many people’s enjoyment of major sports events and the free phone app, which has the backing of the West of England Road Safety Partnership, helps people understand how long it takes for alcohol to pass through their body.

The app is designed to help stop people unknowingly drink driving the following day. You can enter how many drinks you’ve consumed and the app will calculate roughly when you are likely to be alcohol free again.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member who leads on road safety policy said: “If you are drinking any amount of alcohol on a night out – even one drink – you should leave the car at home and make alternative arrangements.

“This app isn’t to help people work out how much they can drink before driving and won’t help if you are arrested for drink-driving. But rather it’s a useful tool to remind us all just how long it takes to return to normal following a night out.

“Anyone watching the rugby with alcohol needs to plan ahead and arrange alternative transport the following morning if they have to travel to work, for the school run, or any other engagements.

“It takes much longer than most people think for alcohol to pass through the body which means there is often a danger of people unknowingly driving while still over the legal limit the next morning.”

The app, which is available free of charge from Google play and the Apple App Store, has achieved 3,000 downloads since its launch.