A LOCAL campaigner against drink driving has welcomed new research.
Millions of motorists will drive their car within a few hours of having a drink over the New Year, according to a report out today.
The survey of more than 2,000 people found that one in four would ignore official warnings that even a small amount of alcohol could slow reaction times behind the wheel.
And the survey by insurance company Privilege was welcomed by Huddersfield drink drive campaigner Carole Whittingham.
She said far too many people opted to get a taxi home after a night out - but then happily climbed behind the wheel of a car only a few hours later.
Mrs Whittingham founded the safety pressure group Scard - Support and Care After Road Death and injury - after her son was killed by a drink driver.
She demanded more information for the public.
She said: "There is not enough help for people about the dangers of alcohol.
"There are mixed messages from the Government to the public about how much people can safely drink.
"Our plea is for the message to be simple: No drinking and driving. Then everyone knows that if they have a drink, they should not get into a car.
"Everyone is affected differently by alcohol. Some people absorb alcohol much quicker than others but their judgement can still be impaired the morning after."
Mrs Whittingham's campaign group has now taken over the Campaign Against Drink Driving, a pressure group that has been running for several years.
They plan to step up their campaigns in the new year.
The survey found that Scottish drivers were least likely to have a drink and then drive, while Londoners were the most likely.
Ian Parker, managing director of Privilege Insurance, said: "With a higher than average number of drivers on the roads during December and immediately after New Year, motorists need to be more aware of other drivers than ever.
"Coupled with the dark, and poor weather conditions, drivers should not risk drinking anything before stepping into the car.
"Even a small level of alcohol in the bloodstream can slow reactions down.
"Drivers setting off home after the New Year celebrations should also remember that it takes time for alcohol to leave your bloodstream, and party-goers shouldn't contemplate making long journeys with hangovers."