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Consequences of Drink Driving

Personal Injury | 06-12-2018
Consequences of Drink Driving

It has nearly been half a century, since the breathalyser was implemented, in the United Kingdom. Drink-related deaths and a decline in the number of injuries sustained were a consequence of the technology of the breathalyser coming into action – this was in conjunction with the Road Safety Act. The difference in numbers has changed significantly, as it currently fronts at 240 per year, albeit this may seem shocking, it is of no comparison to 990 around 30 years ago, and even higher in 1979, which was a soaring 1,640.
Regrettably although ‘only’ 240 people are killed on our roads each year, due to alcohol, a mammoth 85,000 lose their licence for the reason that they’re caught driving in excess of the limit – and 85 percent are males. The quantity of drinks you’ve had makes no difference – whether you’re a little over the limit or excessively over the limit – according to the law you’re still a condemned drink driver and the penalties are exactly the same.
The majority of people are caught the morning after the drinking has taken place; it takes some time, for the alcohol in your system, to fade. A number of factors constitute the speed at which you breach the legal limit and how quickly your blood/alcohol level diminishes. These factors comprise of your sex, weight, and metabolism and how frequent you consume alcohol. Although you may have been caught the morning after you have been drinking excessively, nonetheless, the consequences or penalised remain unchanged.


The penalties

The judgment you are given is up to the judges who hear your case, and is primarily dependant on the offence you have committed. You may well be able to lessen your injunction by undergoing a drink-drive rehabilitation scheme (DDRS) if you’re disqualified from driving for 12 months or more. It is entirely up to the court to propose this, however, there are a variety of drink-driving violations. Below is a list of what they are and the conceivable penalties attached;
If you’re caught in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit or unfit through drink you can be imprisoned for up to three months and fined up to £2,500. You can also be banned, although this is discretionary.
Get caught driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit or unfit through drink and you’ll definitely lose your licence for at least a year. You also face an unlimited fine and you can be imprisoned for up to six months.

If you abstain to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for examination, having been stopped for drink driving, the consequences are precisely identical, as though you are caught driving in excess of the limit. Therefore, that is an injunction for a minimum of 12 months, an unlimited fine and 6 months in jail.
If you’re foolish enough to drink and drive it may be a blessing in disguise if the police catch you, the reason being, if they don’t and you bring about death by careless driving when under the effect of drink, you can be sent to prison for a maximum of 14 years. You’ll be disqualified for a minimum of two years and the fine can be unlimited. In order for you to be allowed back on the road, you would need to undergo an extensive driving test. It is to ensure you are responsible enough to be permitted to drive again.


Whatever the circumstances in which you are facing an allegation of driving without insurance your action is often required urgently, giving us plenty of time to challenge the prosecution.

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