Drink Driving

The Limits

 

The legal drink drive limit in the UK is:

 

  • 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
  • 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood

 

If you drive at twice the current legal limit, you are at least 30 times more likely to cause a road collision than a driver who has not been drinking.

 

Alcohol affects your ability to drive safely as your reaction times are impaired and you’re unable to judge speed and distances. Each person’s tolerance to alcohol depends on a range of factors such as:

 

  • Age
  • Current stress level
  • Food intake
  • Gender
  • Metabolism
  • Volume and type of alcohol consumed
  • Weight

 

The only safe option is not to drink any alcohol if you plan to drive and never offer an alcoholic drink to anyone else who is driving.

 

The Effects

 

If you’ve been out drinking you may still be affected by alcohol the next day.  Nearly 1 in 6 convicted drink drivers are caught the morning after. It takes approximatley one hour for your body to absorb one unit of alcohol. In addition to this:

 

  • If you had a single pint of an average strength beer (Fosters) it would take at least two hours to remove the alcohol from your blood stream once it had been asorbed
  • If you had a single pint of strong beer (Stella) it would take at least three hours to remove the alcohol from your blood stream once it had been absorbed
  • If you had a single 275ml – 330ml alcopop (Bacardi Breezer) it would take at least two hours to remove the alcohol from your blood stream once it had been absorbed
  • If you had a single shot (25ml) of spirits it would take at least an hour to remove the alcohol from your blood stream once it had been absorbed
  • If you had a 250ml glass of wine (15%) it would take at least 4 hours to remove the alcohol from your blood stream once it had been absorbed

 

If you drink four pints of Stella or four 70ml doubles for example, you can’t drive for at least 13 hours. This would mean that if you finish drinking at midnight, you aren’t safe to drive until after 1pm the next day.

 

The Consequences

 

Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, a minimum 24 month driving ban and a requirement to pass an extended driving test before the offender is able to drive legally again.

 

Driving or attempting to drive whilst over 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 month driving ban. An endorsement for a drink driving offence remains on a driving licence for 11 years.

 

The penalty for refusing to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis is a maximum 6 months’ imprisonment, up to £5,000 fine and a minimum 12 month driving ban.

 

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.

 

For More Information

 

Please visit http://www.drinkdrivingkillls.com for more information. This website examines the effects of drinking and driving on you physically and explains the consequences this action may have, how to calculate units of alcohol and the time it will take for your body to process them. It uses interactive sessions to highlight the risks and dangers surrounding this activity.