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Corporate culture of late drinks and early starts poses accident threat

COMPANY car drivers are regularly putting lives at risk by becoming accidental drink drivers. Late night drinks, even in moderation, combined with early morning starts can lead to drivers inadvertently getting behind the wheel while over the limit.

Roger Singer, head of Drink Driver Education is aiming to educate drivers before they fall foul of the law. Drink Driver Education is a Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions approved course under the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988. It has been providing drink-drive rehabilitation courses, where drivers get a 25% reduction in the length of their ban in exchange for a 16-hour course, for the past four years.

He said: 'Imagine you are away on business, you finish the day's work at about 8pm and have a pint of well-earned lager. At about 8.30pm you have a meal and a bottle of red wine and you finish off with a brandy, before going to bed at 12.15am. You are up at 6.30am the next day, but at 7.50am you are involved in an accident. How much alcohol would be left in your body? Depending on your weight, you could be over the limit and face a one-year ban.'

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