Drink and drug driving

Driving after drinking can have devastating consequences and can easily result in a loss of life.  All too often we attend road traffic incidents which have life changing impacts on families.

Please keep yourself, your family and others safe.

Please make it your rule: 'If you have had a drink Don't Drive'

What drink driving could cost you

  • being caught and breathalysed by the police

  • 12 month driving ban

  • criminal record

  • hefty fine

  • lifestyle changes (ie potential loss of job, relationships or car).

If you get caught drink driving then the above is the minimum that will happen to you. You may also be liable to a fine of up to £5,000 and up to 6 months in prison.

But nothing on that list reflects the everyday consequences of being caught drink driving. To understand that, you'll have to use your imagination.

Statistics - drink and drug driving

  • Every week in the UK, 11 people will die as a result of drink driving.

  • Young men in their 20s are four times more likely to be involved in drink-drive accidents than other age groups.

  • On average, 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured each year as a result of drink-driving.

Please make it your rule: 'If you have had a drink Don't Drive'

Did you know?

  • 11 people are killed by drink drivers on UK roads every week

  • You can be tested for impairment through drugs at the roadside using the FIT test

  • The penalties if caught driving while impaired through drink or drugs are severe. If caught, you face a minimum one year ban, a fine of up to £5,000 and six months in jail

  • Around 18% of people killed in road crashes have traces of illegal drugs in their blood.

  • Different drugs affect your driving in different ways, some speed up your reactions, some slow them down - all are dangerous

What you can do

  • Don't take drugs and drive

  • Don't drink and drive ever!

  • Beware you may still be

There is no excuse. Never drink and drive - not even a drop. Any amount of alcohol will affect your ability to drive safely.