Letter: Short measures

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In reply to James Hannaway, who says that those who drink two pints before driving are just as safe as they are when tired or otherwise not at their best (letter, 4 February): being tired or having a cold is part of the human condition which we cannot avoid; we can choose not to drink and drive.

Although we feel a little more confident after a drink, research on highly skilled bus drivers has shown that their judgement was affected long before their skills deteriorated. After a very small amount of alcohol, they were sure they could drive an 8ft bus between posts 7ft 9in apart.

JOHN A ROSE

Giggleswick, North Yorkshire

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