Stephen Timms, the MP for East Ham, has urged people in Newham to drive responsibly over the holiday period.  Mr Timms’ plea came as the Government launched its Christmas drink-drive THINK! campaign to highlight the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Last year, around 540 people died in drink-drive accidents.  To combat this, more than half a million breath tests are carried out every year, with more in December than any other month.  Those caught driving over the limit face a criminal record, a minimum 12-month driving ban, a fine, and maybe even a prison sentence.

The legal limit is 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.  However, there is no fail-safe guide as to how much you can drink and still drive safely.  This is because the limit depends on too many factors, including weight, gender, age, metabolism, and the type of drink.

Stephen Timms said: “Over the Christmas period many people will want to enjoy a drink.  Those who also drive risk not only the lives of themselves and of others, but also harsh penalties.  Contrary to popular opinion, there is no fail-safe guide as to how much you can drink before passing the legal limit.  The message is clear: if you want to drink this Christmas, leave the car at home.”

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