posted 10 months ago

Drink-Driving The Morning After: The Penalties

The damaging effects of driving 'the morning after' and how the limits change across the UK,

Penalties

THINK! has emphasised the penalties people face for driving the morning after a night out while still over the drink-drive limit. These include: a minimum 12 month ban, criminal record, large fine, imprisonment and penalty points on the licence.

However, the safety campaign argues: “This list does not reflect the everyday consequences of being caught”. It claims further potential penalties include: the increased cost of insurance, job loss, trouble getting into countries such as the United States of America, the shame of having a record and the loss of independence.

Government's Perspective

Road Safety Minister Andrew Jones said: “Getting behind the wheel after a big night out is a risk that drivers just should not take.” During 2013 alone, there were an estimated 740 morning after, drink-drive, collisions. Furthermore, about 5,500 motorists fail a breath test every year between 6am and 12pm.

Mr Jones added: “Not only are they (drink-drivers) putting themselves in danger, they also endanger others and their actions can destroy lives. Wait until you are sober before you think about driving”, he proclaimed.

Police's Perspective

The National Police Chiefs’ Council lead, Suzette Davenport, added: “The majority of drivers are aware that driving whilst impaired by drink or drugs is not worth the risk - but some do not think about how they will get home or to work the morning after a night out.

She argued: “Thinking ahead about getting home, or to work, safely the following morning is crucial and potentially if you are driving the morning after drinking you may need alternative travel arrangements. Driving under the influence is never worth the risk to yourself, to your future and to those you could injure or kill”.

Drink-Drive Limit In England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The England, Wales and Northern Ireland the drink-drive limit is:

  • 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath; 
  • 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood;
  • 107 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine.

Drink-Drive Limit In Scotland

In Scotland the drink-drive limit is:

  • 22 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath;
  • 50 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood;
  • 67 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine.

Impossible To Tell If Over Limit

THINK! further emphasised that: “It is not possible to say how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the limit.” Factors include: 

  • weight, age, sex and metabolism (rate at which body consumes energy);
  • type/amount of alcohol;
  • any recently consumed food;
  • stress.