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Drink Driving

Drink Driving is a very serious offence, there is a mandatory ban with a minimum period of twelve months disqualification. The length of the disqualification is dependent upon the alcohol reading that is provided and the ways in which readings can be taken are either by breath, blood or urine. 

Drinking alcohol slows down your reactions, vision, and ability to concentrate whilst impairing judgement making your driving unsafe this puts you and others at a greater risk of accidents. you are more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviour after drinking, meaning your driving is more dangerous.

What is the drink-drive limit?

The drink driving alcohol limit for drivers in England and Wales is set at:

  • 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath
  • 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood
  • 108mg of alcohol in 100ml of urine

Though there are alcohol limits there is no way to know how much each individual can drink and stay under the limit. Every individual is different and how much alcohol they can tolerate depends on their age, weight, metabolism, the amount of food eaten plus other factors.

What are the different drink driving offences and penalties?

If found guilty of drink driving you can face imprisonment, a driving ban and an unlimited fine. The drink driving offences you can be convicted for include but are not limited to:

Drunk in charge of a vehicle:

If you were in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit or unfit due to alcohol the penalties, you can face are;

  • 3 months in custody
  • A fine of up to £2,500
  • A possible driving ban

Failure to provide a specimen:

This type of offence occurs when a driver has been arrested and has failed or refused to provide a breath, blood or urine specimen to allow the police to prove that they’re over the prescribed alcohol limit.  If you have failed to provide a specimen you can face:

  • 6 months in custody
  • An unlimited fine
  • A driving ban with a minimum of 1 year

How can we help you with a drink driving offence?

We believe that it is necessary to instruct a specialist road traffic offence solicitor right at the outset so that we can accompany the driver at the Police Station. The reason for this is that there are legal requirements that are imposed upon a driver right at the beginning and failure to provide a specimen or to act appropriately often strengthens the case against the driver and constitutes a separate offence for failure to provide a specimen. Equally, it is sometimes the case that the Police fail to comply with statutory requirements and such a failure by the Police constitutes a defence in law.

 Our Road and Traffic Offence Solicitor can help you if you are being charged with a drink driving offence.                      Call us today on 0161 798 9000 to speak with a solicitor.