The dangers of the day after

Have a good time tonight – and make sure you’re around for a lot more, Tasmanians were urged today.

And they should remember they’re likely to still be feeling the effects on New Year’s day and not drive, Road Safety Advisory Council Chair Garry Bailey said.

“New Year celebrations can last well into the first day of the year and even if people have slept, they’ll probably still be over the limit.”

He said Road Safety Advisory Council volunteers will provide breath testing tomorrow at the Falls Festival from 7am to 1pm.

He urged festival patrons to take advantage of a recovery BBQ before leaving.

“The safest option is not to drive if you’re last drink was well into the early hours and you haven’t had much sleep.”

Five tips to stay safe:

  1. Eat between drinks.
  2. Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic ones.
  3. Blood alcohol levels can continue to rise after you have stopped drinking and you can still be over the limit the next day if you have drunk a lot the night before.
  4. If you are leaving the Falls Festival, be patient.
  5. Don’t drive tired. At the first sign of tiredness, take a break or share the driving.