FACT: Out of the 500,000 breath tests carried out on suspected drunk drivers each year, 100,000 of them are over the legal drink limit.
After drinking alcohol, your brain starts to work inefficiently. In simple terms your brain begins to slow down which consequently effects your co- ordination and takes longer to receive and process information that your senses such as your eyes send to it. This could affect your lane discipline causing you to swerve in the road or effect your reaction time to an oncoming car. Furthermore, your ability to see at night will fall by up to 25%, making more difficult to concentrate on what is ahead of you. Drink driving can also cause you to speed whilst driving, making it easier to lose control of the vehicle.
Legal Drink Driving limits
So there are many things to take into consideration when examining someone who has been drinking, their body mass for example as everyones is different and even your gender can affect the way alcohol influences you too.
Therefore, the current UK law regarding drinking and driving stands at:
Thirty five mg of alcohol consumption in one hundred millilitres of breath.
One hundred and seven mg of alcohol per one hundred millilitres of urine.
Eighty mg of alcohol per one hundred millilitres of blood.
Whilst drinking it is fair to say you will not be working out the above consumption rates etc and it is difficult to guess how many drinks a certain person can consume before they are ‘over the limit’, it is better to not drink at all as you can put others as well as yourself at risk. Drink driving is dangerous and can hurt and kill innocent victims, whilst also having negative side effects for you and a large rise in your car insurance!
As it stands currently, if your are found guilty of drink driving you will lose you driving licence for a minimum of one year, you could face a fine of up to £5000 and could even be given a six-month prison sentence. If you have already had a similar conviction within the last ten years then your driving ban could last for three years.
The total length of your ban will be measured on several factors, the main element taken into consideration would be the amount of alcohol units found in your system at the time you was breathalysed. The minimum driving disqualification is mandatory, any other facts for example loss of employment due to the ban would not be taken into account. There are certain courses you can participate in such as the DSA drink drive rehabilitation syllabus that may help your case whilst awaiting court.
Earlier this month a man was charged with drink driving charges in Bedford after colliding with another vehicle. Fortunately, there were no injuries but not everyone is as lucky and consequences could be fatal.