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Drink driving

Fact: it just doesn’t make sense to drink and drive! By drink driving you risk your life, those of your passengers, and others on the road.

Simply don’t drink and drive – there is no excuse

No one can handle their drink! It’s a myth to think otherwise! Alcohol affects everyone’s driving for the worse. Drunk drivers feel overconfident and can misjudge distance and speed. Their reactions are also slower and they take longer to stop.

The term “it will be OK, I’m only going down the road” could not be less true. A very large portion of all drink drive related crashes happen within three miles of the start of the journey.

The drink drive limits

These are the alcohol limits that UK drivers have to follow:

  • 35 Microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
  • 80 Milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.
  • 107 Milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine.

The amount of alcohol you are able to drink but remain below the above limits cannot be calculated.

It simply depends on so many factors, including:

  • Your weight, age, sex and metabolism (the rate your body uses energy).
  • The type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking.
  • What you’ve eaten recently.
  • Your stress levels at the time.

The morning after

Its easy to think you are safe to drive after drinking the night before. Watch the clip below from ThinkUK and you might change your mind.

What happens if you get caught drink driving?

The consequence of driving under the influence of alcohol is very strict and the drink driving penalties include the following:

  • A minimum 1 year driving ban.
  • A criminal record.
  • A fine of up to £5,000.
  • An endorsement for 11 years on your driving licence.

There are further consequences of losing your driving licence

  • Excessive cost of car insurance in the future.
  • The prejudice of being a criminal.
  • Your loss of independence.
  • Losing your job.
  • Problems travelling to countries such as the USA.
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