drink driving

Drink Driving

Drink Driving Over The Prescribed Alcohol Limit

The law defines drink driving as driving, or attempting to drive, a vehicle on a public road or highway, after consuming a quantity of alcohol that the proportion of it within a person’s breath, blood or urine exceeds the prescribed limit (S5. Road Traffic Act 1988). In other words, drink driving over the prescribed alcohol limit.
Alcohol that we consume is eliminated from our bodies at varying rates dependant on various factors such as  your age, gender, weight and height and whether or not you have eaten or taken medication.
The legal limits are:
– 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 ml of breath
– 80mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood
– 107mg of alcohol in 100 ml of urine
Sentences for drink driving vary dependant on the various mitigating or aggravating factors present in an individual case offence and on your personal mitigation.
Penalties range from:
– A fine of up to £5000, unpaid work in the community or an electronically monitored curfew, right up to six months imprisonment;
– A mandatory minimum disqualification of 12 months;
– The mandatory driving ban increases to a minimum of three years if you have a previous relevant conviction within the last 10 years;
– A driving ban could lead to you losing your job;
– Your insurance premiums will increase following a conviction for drink driving;
– You will now have a criminal record. The conviction will only become spent after the time scales set out in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. That means that you may have to inform your current or prospective employers of this conviction.
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