Nearly one in six of all deaths on the road involve drink driving
Every year, more than 100,000 breath tests carried out by police are found to be positive
A shower, a cup of coffee or other ways of ‘sobering up’ do not speed up the process
Around 3,000 people in the UK are killed or seriously injured each year in drink and drive collisions
Know your limits
Drink driving penalties may include:
- A minimum 12 month driving ban
- A criminal record
- A hefty fine
- Up to 6 months in prison
- An endorsement on your licence for 11 years
ADDItional consequences of drink driving convictions:
- Higher car insurance costs
- Job loss and employment issues
- Criminal record
- Loss of independence
WHAT you should consider
Beware the morning after
You could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink, even if it’s the ‘morning after’. Sleep, coffee and cold showers don’t help to sober you up.
If you’re planning to drink alcohol, plan your journey home
Options include agreeing on a designate a driver, order a taxi or check public transport routes before you go out.
Don’t offer alcohol to someone you know is planning to drive
Friends do NOT let friends drink and drive, ever.
Don’t accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol
Don’t be afraid to confiscate their keys and prevent them from driving.