HAD a big night welcoming in the New Year?

Well, be warned, make sure the alcohol in your system from last night has dissipated before you get into your car and drive anywhere today.

Officer-in-charge of the Toowoomba Road Policing Unit Senior Sergeant Brad Clark warned there will be a heavy police presence on our roads today with "morning after" drink-drivers targeted.

"There will be heaps of police out there from 6pm (last night) to midday (New Year's Day) targeting people leaving licensed premises and driving and those who get up the next morning at home and get into their cars," Snr Sgt Clark said yesterday.

"Obviously, if you do the right thing initially, you will be right, but there will be people getting up in the morning and heading to work or whatever.

"But a five-hour sleep and a clean of your teeth doesn't get people under the limit and we will be out there to catch you if you do the wrong thing.

"So, don't take the chance."

Snr Sgt Clark said it was hard to know exactly how quickly alcohol dissipated from the system, but counting one's drinks could help.

However, after two, three or four drinks a lot of people lose count in any case.

As a general rule, alcohol dissipates from one's system at a rate of about 0.02% per hour after having the last drink.

However, sometimes, particularly if you've "had a few", your alcohol level could actually rise after you stop drinking and not start to dissipate until about an hour later.

According to the "drinkfox" website, a person with a breath/alcohol reading of 0.05 would need about 3.75 hours to reach a zero level.

Someone at 0.1 would need 6.25hrs, at 0.16 a 10hr wait would be required and if at 0.24 - forget it, just stay in bed.

In the end, if you need to get to work or some other appointment this morning and you were drinking last night, remember the golden rule: If in doubt, don't drive!

Grab a taxi, get a lift or, better still - walk.



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