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Drink Driving

There is no excuse for drink driving. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to judge speed and distance and will slow down your reaction times.

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.
If you drive with twice the legal alcohol limit in your system, you are least 50 times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash compared to a driver who has not been drinking.

There is no sure way on how to stay under the legal alcohol limit or how much you can drink and still drive safely. It will depend on;

  • Your weight, sex, age, metabolism
  • Stress levels
  • The last time you ate
  • 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 you know is driving.

If you plan to drink, don’t risk driving:

  • Book a taxi
  • Use public transport
  • Stay over night
  • Arrange for someone who is not drinking to drive
  • Don’t be tempted to get into a car when you know the driver has been drinking.

Around 100,000 drivers are convicted for drink driving every year. You don’t have to have been involved in a road traffic collision to be breath tested. The Police can stop you and ask you to take a breath test if they suspect you have been drinking.

A drink driving conviction could mean:

  • Losing your driving licence for 12 months (which means you could lose your job)
  • Facing a maximum fine of £5000
  • Having to serve a 6 month prison sentence
  • Have to pay higher insurance premiums.

Remember that if you have been out drinking during the evening you may still be affected by the alcohol the next day. Even though you may feel ok when you wake up, you could still be over the legal alcohol limit and unfit to drive.

It is impossible to get rid of the alcohol in your system any faster. A shower, strong cup of coffee or other ways of ‘sobering up’ will not help. It just takes time.