Alcohol

On average 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured each year in drink drive collisions.

Nearly one in six of all deaths on the road involve drivers who are over the legal alcohol limit.

Drinking and driving occurs across a wide range of age groups but particularly among young men aged 17-29 in both casualties and positive breath tests following a collision.

Drinking and Driving Don’t Mix

The legal limit in the UK is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. However, any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely. The effects can include:

  • slower reactions
  • increased stopping distances
  • poorer judgement of speed and distance
  • reduced field of vision

Alcohol also tends to make you feel over-confident and more likely to take risks when driving, which increases the danger to all road users, including yourself.

Don’t Drink and Drive – never take the risk!

There is no failsafe guide as to how to stay under the legal alcohol limit or how much you can drink and still drive safely. It depends on:

  • your weight, sex, age, metabolism
  • stress levels
  • an empty stomach
  • the amount and type of alcohol

The only safe option is not to drink if you plan to drive.  Never offer a drink to someone else who is driving.

The Law

Driving or attempting to drive whilst above the legal limit or unfit through drink carries a maximum penalty of 6 months’ imprisonment, a fine of up to £5,000 and a minimum 12 months driving ban.

An endorsement for a drink-driving offence remains on a driving License for 11 years, so it is 11 years before a convicted driver will have a “clean” License again.

Being in charge of a vehicle whilst over the legal limit or unfit through drink could result in 3 months’ imprisonment plus a fine of up to £2,500 and a driving ban.

The penalty for refusing to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis is a maximum 6 months’ imprisonment, up to £5000 fine and a driving ban of at least 12 months.

Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, a minimum 2 year driving ban and a requirement to pass an extended driving test before the offender is able to drive legally again.

There are five main contributory factors in fatal road traffic collisions; Drink is just one of them.

Don’t Drink and Drive – never take the risk!