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Driving hung over almost as dangerous as driving drunk

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – As police road checks sprout up all over the place this time of year, there are constant reminders you should never drive after drinking too much. But what about the morning after?

Two new studies look at just how dangerous driving while hung over can be.

Research out of the University of West England and a larger Dutch study at Utrecht University both show that even when the alcohol has cleared out of your system the next morning, your driving can still be significantly impaired — reaction times are slowed, driving is erratic and there are lapses in concentration and judgement.

News1130 spoke with drivers in Vancouver — many have driven hung over and some have questioned whether or not they should have been behind the wheel at the time.

“I’m not a good enough ‘hang over guy’ to even walk,” laughs Steve. “The study results don’t surprise me. In my limited experience with bad hang overs, it didn’t seem like a good time to drive.”

“I’ve never found being hung over to give a sense of impairment,” counters Jay. “Maybe you’re tired but I don’t think it carries the same weight [as drinking and driving].”

Many police forces will conduct road checks during the morning to try to catch drivers still impaired from the night before.