MILLIONS OF drivers have admitted to getting behind the wheel in the past 12 months despite thinking that they might be over the drink-drink limit, according to new research.
About one in six motorists, or 16%, believe that they have driven while under the influence, either immediately after a drink or hungover the following morning.
The RAC survey found that Londoners were the most likely offenders, with more than 25% of those questioned admitting that they could have been more careful.
Pete Williams, a spokesman for road safety organisation the RAC, said: “Anyone who thinks they are likely to have sobered up enough to drive just because they went to bed for a few hours may just be about to ruin someone else’s Christmas as well as their own.
“If you are having to think whether you are sober enough to drive then the answer is you probably aren’t.”
The Scottish government slashed the alcohol limit for drivers from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg in December 2014, meaning that people could find themselves over the limit after just one pint.
The legal level in the rest of Britain remains 80mg. A person’s weight, age, sex and metabolism are among criteria to affect how much someone can consume while remaining under the limit.
Police forces actively target drink-drivers in December. Department for Transport figures show that 143 people were killed in collisions involving a driver impaired by alcohol last year.