Drink Driving

The drink drive limit

The current legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, or 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, or 107 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine.

If you are twice the legal limit statistics show you are at least 50 times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision than a driver who hasn't been drinking and at least 30 times more likely to cause a crash.

Penalties

If you are convicted of drink driving you will:

  • Lose your licence for at least a year
  • Have a criminal record
  • Face up to six months in prison
  • Face a fine of up to £5,000
  • Risk losing your job
  • See your car insurance costs soar once you get your licence back.

Those are just the things that will affect you directly. Unfortunately, many drink-drivers kill or injure innocent people as a result of their actions. If you are convicted of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink you may be given:

  • Up to 14 years in prison
  • An unlimited fine
  • A minimum two-year driving ban
  • A mandatory extended driving test.

Advice

Don't drink and drive. Drinking any amount of alcohol impairs your driving, the only way to remove the risk is to not drink any alcohol at all.

It is impossible to calculate your alcohol limit. It depends on a variety of factors, including what you are drinking, your weight, sex, age, and metabolism.

When going out:

  • Plan prior to going out how you will get home
  • Nominate someone to drive
  • Book a taxi or find out what public transport is available
  • Do not drive to the venue if you think you may be tempted to drive home after drinking
  • Be aware of the time so you don’t miss your lift home/public transport/taxi
  • Drink soft drinks until you get home or alternate between soft and alcoholic drinks so you don’t ruin your night through alcohol
  • Ensure all members of your party are aware of the time and place that you are getting picked up from
  • Never offer an alcoholic drink to someone who you know is driving.

Report it

If you suspect that someone is drinking alcohol and driving or taking drugs and driving, please report it to the police or Crimestoppers.

  • If the crime is in progress, call 999.
  • Call 101, the Cheshire Police non-emergency number
  • Contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You do not have to give your name and you may receive a reward.

If you know that someone intends to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, please stop them. We need your help to put pressure on the people who insist on putting others in danger.