Drink Driving

What affects does alcohol have on drivers?

Alcohol is a depressant and even small amounts such as half a pint can have a dangerous affect on all road users. The effects can incorporate:

  • Slower reactions and co-ordination
  • Reduced field of vision
  • Poorer judgement of speed and distance
  • Overconfidence and increased risk-taking

What are the consequences of drink driving?

The consequences of a drink drive court conviction are at a minimum:

  • A driving ban of at least 12 months
  • An endorsement of your driving licence for 11 years
  • A criminal record 

In addition, you may also be liable to a fine of up to £5,000 as well as up to 6 months in prison.

Though, the cost to your work and social life can be enormous as well:

  • How are you going to get to work, the shops, ensure your children get to the school on time or go for days out?
  • The possibility of having to sell your car to pay for the fine, or having it parked on your driveway whilst you are banned.
  • You may have to find a new job as a drink drive conviction is a dismissal offence at lots of companies, and there are plenty of companies that refuse to hire people with criminal records therefore you'll also have to explain your criminal record at every job interview.

If you are convicted of:

The maximum penalty is:

Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs

14 years imprisonment, an unlimited fine, disqualification from driving for at least 2 years and a mandatory extended driving test

Driving or attempting to drive whilst above the legal limit or unfit through drink

6 months imprisonment, a fine of up to £5,000 and disqualification from driving for at least 12 months (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years)

Being in charge of a vehicle whilst above the legal limit or unfit through drink

3 months imprisonment, a fine of £2,500 and discretionary disqualification from driving

Refusing to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis

6 months imprisonment, a fine of £5,000 and disqualification from driving for at least 12 months