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Drink Driving: Know Your Limits

On average, drink driving is responsible for the deaths or serious injury of around 2,000 people per year. One in six of all deaths on the UK’s roads involve a driver who is over the legal blood-alcohol level. In 2012, the Department of Transport found that 6,680 road accidents involved alcohol consumption.

 

The legal blood-alcohol limit is measured in micrograms. The maximum amount in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80 micrograms per 100 millilitres of blood, 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath and 107 micrograms per 100 millilitres of urine. In Scotland, the restrictions are tighter, with 22, 50 and 67 micrograms of alcohol permitted per 100 millilitres of breath, blood and urine respectively.

Even if you have drank alcohol and you can’t feel any discernible effects, this does not mean you are allowed to drive. Alcohol affects people different depending on age, weight, gender and metabolism, as well as the type of alcohol you’ve consumed and what you’ve eaten beforehand.

The punishments for being caught drink-driving can be very severe, ranging from fines to driving bans or even a prison sentence.

Being in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit or unfit through drink can land you with any of the following punishments:

3 months’ imprisonment

A fine of up to £2,500

A potential driving ban

Driving while above the legal blood alcohol level can result in:

6 months’ imprisonment

An unlimited fine

A driving ban for at least 1 year (this can be 3 years if you have previously been convicted in the past 10 years)

If you get pulled over by police and you refuse or fail to provide a sample of breath or urine:

6 months’ imprisonment

An unlimited fine

Banned from driving for a minimum of one year

If you cause death by driving whilst over the legal blood alcohol limit, the punishments are much more severe:

A 14 year prison sentence

An unlimited fine

A minimum 2 year driving ban

An extended driving test before your licence is returned

The thousands of accidents that occur on UK roads every year as a consequence of drink driving are totally avoidable. It is not just irresponsible, it is dangerous to you, those in your car and those around you, whether they are pedestrians or fellow road users. The dangers of drink driving are well documented, but it is always worth remembering the legal limits before you get behind the wheel.

Tyres Northampton are specialists in ensuring your car is fit for the roads. If you would like to know more about what we do, please feel free to pay us a visit or get in touch today to speak to one of our expert team members.

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