For those cultures around the world who celebrate Christmas, it can be a magical time of year. Present giving, time with family and friends, food and wine…. But despite decades of campaigns and publicity about the impact of driving whilst under the influence, particularly during the festive season, drink driving is still very much a problem on our roads, all around the world. 

 In the US alone, NHTSA reported that in 2019 one person was killed every 52 minutes in a drunk drive crash.  According to IRTAD the number of alcohol related deaths worldwide amongst fatally injured road users is approximately 273,000 each year. 

Drink driving limits differ around the world, depending on where you are. The average Blood Alcohol Limit (BAC) limit worldwide is 0.06%, in Europe it’s 0.05%. In the UK it is 0.08%, the same as USA. In many countries there is a zero-tolerance approach to drink driving, particularly if within that culture alcohol is prohibited. 

When the party season approaches, here are some things to remember:

  • Leave the car keys at home – If you know you are going out and consuming alcohol, there is no need to bring your car keys out. 
  • Organise transport before hand – Have money for a taxi, or have alternative transport ready. 
  • If you are designated driver – Stick to the soft drinks. Don’t be pressured into having one too many before setting off on the road.
  • Don’t be afraid to tell your friends if they have had to much to drink, not to drive home.