Is drink driving a criminal offence?
Yes, it is a criminal offence. The legal consequences of drink driving include a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000.
What is the legal drink driving limit in the UK?
In England and Wales the legal alcohol limit for driving is:
- 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; or
- 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood; or
- 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine
How long does a drink driving endorsement stay on my licence?
A drink driving endorsement will remain on your licence for 11 years from the date of conviction.
How many units can you drink before driving?
You cannot make a precise calculation about how many units you can drink before driving. Alcohol levels in your body depend on too many factors. These include the amount of alcohol, when the alcohol was consumed, height and weight are some examples. It is better to simply not drink if you are planning on driving.
Can the police carry out random breath tests?
The Police only have to show that they reasonably suspect that you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Also, if there is anything that the Police do not like about the manner in which a vehicle is being driven (driving too fast or too slow for example) this gives them grounds to stop the driver and carry out a breath test.