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Drink driving

Driving or attempting to drive whilst above the legal limit or unfit through drink carries a maximum penalty of six months’ imprisonment, a fine of up to £5,000 and a minimum driving ban of 12 months.

Although there has been a significant success in reducing the number of people killed in drink and drug drive related collisions over the last 15 years, drink driving remains a serious, life threatening issue.

If you drive at twice the legal alcohol limit, you are at least 50 times more likely to cause a road crash than a driver who hasn’t been drinking. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. The only safe option is not to drink alcohol if you plan to drive, and never offer an alcoholic drink to someone else who is intending to drive.

How much can I drink and still be under the limit?

You can’t calculate your alcohol limit – so don’t try. There is no failsafe guide to how much you can drink and stay under the limit. The amount and type of alcoholic drink and your weight, sex, age and metabolism will all play a part.

The morning after drinking, can I drive safely?

Depending on how much you have drunk, you may still be affected well into the next day. For example:

What’s your excuse?

What will happen if you are caught and convicted of drink driving?

What you can do

Next time you go out, think! You don’t need to mix drinking and driving. If you really want to drink, you should:

There is no such thing as drinking and driving. It’s drinking or driving, and there’s no excuse.

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