Football fans are being asked to enjoy the World Cup but not fall foul of the temptation to drink and drive on the morning after any match celebrations.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership are urging fans to not only think about how they will get home but also how they will get to work the morning after, if they are drinking while watching the football this summer.
Approximately one in eight fatal collisions involves someone over the drink driving limit and in 2013 a total of 5,900 vehicles were stopped by Police doing roadside breath tests in Cambridgeshire and 112 arrests were made, many of these the morning after drinking.
To help fans avoid driving whilst still under the influence a ˜morning-after' calculator is available on Cambridgeshire Road Safety's Facebook page as a guide to when they can expect to be alcohol-free. (www.facebook.com/CambsRoadSafety).
Lyn Hesse, Road Safety Officer for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: œWe want everyone to enjoy the World Cup and we can understand people will be enjoying a drink during the competition. But we don't want anyone's enjoyment spoiled by getting a morning after penalty. It takes a lot longer than most people think for alcohol to pass through the body. On average, it takes an hour to process a single unit of alcohol starting from one hour after you first start drinking, though this can vary depending on a number of factors. So, if you drink four pints of 5% lager you're probably looking at 13 hours before you're completely sober! With many of the World Cup matches being televised late at night, this campaign is designed to remind people that they may still be over the limit the following morning.