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. Make the Promise: '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 because 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 because of drink-driving.

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

  • 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

Driving under the influence of drugs is an increasing danger on the roads. Driving requires full concentration and anything that impairs the ability to focus makes a crash more likely.

Morning after drink driving

It takes a lot longer than most people think for alcohol to pass through the body. On average it takes around one hour per unit of alcohol, though this can vary depending on a number of factors.

Because of this, there is a real risk that people who would not dream of driving after drinking may still be unwittingly over the drink drive limit the morning after.

This includes people going about everyday activities such as driving to work, doing the school run, popping to the shops or going to see friends

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Last updated: Monday 03 October 2022