Halfords warns motorists, don’t blow it by driving whilst over the alcohol limit this Christmas

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As the Christmas and New Year party season enters full swing, Halfords is urging motorists who may be tempted into a festive tipple to carry a breathalyser and use it to ensure they are driving legally.

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Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive, so our advice is not to drink at all.

As the Christmas and New Year party season enters full swing, Halfords is urging motorists who may be tempted into a festive tipple to carry a breathalyser and use it to ensure they are driving legally.

In 2011 280* people were killed, 1,570 were seriously injured and there were 9,900 casualties resulting from drink drive accidents. Figures from the Association of Chief Police Officers also show a staggering 7,124 drink-drivers were arrested last Christmas between December-January as part of an all forces crackdown.

Commenting on the figures Halfords product manager David Hammond said: “Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive, so our advice is not to drink at all.

“However, recognising that some people may innocently get behind the wheel the morning after an office Christmas party or family gathering believing they are fine, we would strongly urge drivers to carry a breathalyser that can be used to check, as a precaution.”

The UK drink drive limit is only 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, so only a small amount of alcohol can take drivers over the limit – risking a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record, in addition to the obvious danger to the safety of other road users.
The effects of alcohol can be longer lasting than many people realise. Drinking 4 pints of medium strong beer** or 4 large glasses of wine** between 9pm and midnight, can take over 14 hours to leave the system. Therefore drivers can easily still be over the limit at 11am the following day.

David Hammond added: "At Halfords we are focussed on helping our customers stay safe on the roads.

“Despite high profile road safety campaigns highlighting the issue, many people still believe that a few hours of sleep will get rid of all of the alcohol in their system – which is why we stock breathalysers that enable them to check if their body has metabolised their alcohol before they set out.”

Halfords stock AlcoSense’s award-winning, mobile phone-sized, personal breathalysers, which quickly and accurately tell the user whether the alcohol has passed from their system the ‘morning after.’

There are three models in the AlcoSense range – all of which can be used again and again. The AlcoSense Elite costs £59.99; AlcoSense Lite is £38.99 and AlcoSense ONE is £24.99. For more information about these products visit http://www.halfords.com

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Media contacts:

Stuart Humphreys, Automotive PR Manager
T: 01527 513410, M: 07738 751930
E: stuart(dot)humphreys(at)halfords(dot)co(dot)uk

Notes to Editors:

Sources:

*Department for Transport ‘Road Casualties in Great Britain 2011 Annual Report’ (published September 2012).

**Using Abbotts Ale (Greene King) or 13% volume wine. Time to process alcohol recognised by Drinkaware.co.uk and the NHS.

About Halfords Group plc

The Group is the UK's leading retailer of automotive and leisure products and through Halfords Autocentres, also one of the UK's leading independent car servicing and repair operator.

Halfords customers shop at 467 stores* in the UK and Republic of Ireland and at halfords.com for collection at their local store or direct home delivery. Halfords Autocentres operates from 270 sites* nationally and offers motorists dealership-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices.

Halfords employs approximately 12,000 staff and sells around 10,000 different product lines in stores, increasing to around 16,000 lines at Halfords.com. The product offering encompasses significant ranges in car parts, cycles, in-car technology, child seats, roof boxes, outdoor leisure and camping equipment.

Halfords own brands include the in-store Bikehut department, for cycles and cycling accessories, Apollo and Carrera cycles and exclusive UK distribution rights of the premium ranged Boardman cycles and accessories. In outdoor leisure, we sell a premium range of camping equipment, branded URBAN Escape. Halfords offers expert advice.

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