Driving in an inebriated state has specific consequences according to the severity and the offender can face fines, be disqualified from driving for a certain period, and even face imprisonment in serious cases.
When discussing drink driving offences, it is important to highlight not only the impact on the offender but also on other people. Drinking and driving can increase the risk of accidents, as the reaction times are slower in an inebriated state. Other people, perhaps friends of family members could be in the car with the offender at the time of the accident just as well as there are other passengers and drivers in other cars that may be involved in the accident.
Drinking and driving also have consequences on other peoples’ lives and our drink drive solicitor urges you to keep these in mind as one of the direst effects of this practice.
The drink drive limit in the UK
Firstly, before discussing the penalties that can apply for driving in an intoxicated state, we must outline the strict alcohol limits that apply to drivers.
Please keep in mind that the limits in Scotland are different from the ones in England, Wales and Northern Ireland listed below by our driving offence solicitors:
- 35: the level of alcohol expressed in micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath;
- 80: the alcohol level expressed in milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood;
- 107: the level of alcohol expressed in milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine.
- 22, 50, 67: the levels of alcohol in breath, blood and urine for Scotland, to highlight the difference between the UK regions.
Alcohol does not affect all drivers in the same way. The manner in which their reaction times are reduces as well as they experience other physical effects such as blurred vision or reduced concentration will depend on their age, weight and metabolism as well as the type of alcohol and other factors.
Please keep in mind that is you are banned from driving by a UK court you are not allowed to drive anywhere in the Kingdom. Our drink driving solicitors in London can give you more details.
Drink driving penalties
The consequences of the drink driving offence can be divided according to the severity of the offence and the damages to property or other individuals, as a direct result of inebriated driving.
Below, our drink driving solicitors in London list some of the most important categories:
- Being in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit: is penalised with a possible driving ban, a maximum fine of 2,500 £ or 3 months’ imprisonment;
- Driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit: a driving ban of at least 1 year, an unlimited fine or 6 months’ imprisonment;
- Causing death by careless driving while inebriated: this is penalised with an unlimited fine, a driving ban for at least 2 years, extended driving test before being able to drive again or 14 years’ imprisonment.
Please keep in mind that these penalties are awarded according to the severity of the offence and our drink drive solicitors in London can help represent you before the court if you find yourself in any of these situations.
One should also keep in mind that penalties are also applicable upon refusal to provide the specimen for analysis (breath, blood, or urine). In this case, the offender may receive an unlimited fine, a driving ban for at least 1 year or 6 months’ imprisonment.
High-risk drink driving offenders
High-risk offenders do not receive their driving licenses until they are able to prove that they are fit for operating vehicles again. This means that they are required to pass medical examinations with physicians that are appointed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in the UK.
We recommend reaching out to one of our driving offence solicitors if you are accused of being a high-risk offender. High-risk individuals are treated as such when:
- they are convicted of 2 drink driving offences within 10 years;
- they were driving with an alcohol level of at least 87.5 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres (ml) of breath (and others for blood and urine samples);
- they refused to give their sample to the police.
When these individuals file an application for a new license, they are subject to an examination that will include blood tests, a physical examination as well as a medical questionnaire. Our drink driving solicitor in London can give you more details.
Failure to observe the drink driving limit in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland has a number of consequences that start with fines, driving bans, and, most importantly, imprisonment.
If you need legal aid after having been involved in a drink driving accident, do not hesitate to contact our drink drive solicitors for ongoing assistance and support.