Alcohol stays in blood stream even hours later
This festive season, remember not to drive if you intend to make merry - even if you think you're okay because you consumed alcohol many hours ago.
You could still be unfit to drive, said road safety expert Gerard Pereira, manager at the Singapore Safety Driving Centre. There may be traces of alcohol still in your blood stream.
He told The New Paper: "Many drivers think the alcohol is gone after several hours but there may still be traces of it in your blood stream.
"If you get pulled over for drink driving, the blood test can detect it."
But Mr Pereira believes more Singaporeans are aware of the consequences of drink driving.
"They value their driving licence, and they know the consequences they may bring to others and to themselves," he said.
There has been a drop in the number of drink-driving accidents this year, The Straits Times reported last month.
Traffic Police statistics reveal there were 70 drink-driving accidents from January to June this year - down from 81 year-on-year. Fatalities in such cases fell from eight to three, although cases of injuries rose from 102 to 109.
Overall, the number of people arrested for drink driving has also dropped from 3,019 in 2013 to 2,303 last year.
Nonetheless, during this festive season, the Traffic Police will step up on their anti-drink driving campaign.
Mr Pereira advises: "Don't stress about driving. If you really want to enjoy, don't drive at all. If you drive to drink, you still have to stress about driving home later."