High-risk drink-drivers that have their licences revoked must now pass medicals before returning to the road, Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond has confirmed. These examinations - that must prove offenders are “no longer dependent on alcohol” - must be completed at the end of their disqualification periods but before they climb back behind the wheel. Whereas medicals have been mandatory for some time in certain circumstances, motorists were until recently allowed to drive as soon as their bans expired and they had reapplied for their licences. This, inevitably, encouraged some people to delay their exams. High risk offenders are those: convicted of two drink driving offences within ten years; convicted of driving when they were two and a half times (or more) above the legal alcohol limit; convicted of refusing to give the police a sample of breath, blood or urine to test for alcohol. Last year, nearly 22,000 of the 50,000 drink-drive convictions reported by the courts to the DVLA concerned “high-risk” drivers.
Road Safety Minister Discusses New Drink-Drive Law
Road Safety Minister, Stephen Hammond, said: “drink-drivers are a menace and it is right that we do everything we can to keep the most high risk offenders off the road. These changes will tighten up the law on drink driving and will mean that the most dangerous offenders will have to prove they are no longer dependent on alcohol before they are allowed to get back behind the wheel”.
THINK! Campaign Claims Pint Could Cost £50,000
The Government's THINK! Campaign recently claimed that a single pint could cost its consumer £50,000. Why? Because this - according to The Institute of Advanced Motorists - is the potential total of the expenses incurred by someone convicted of drink-driving for the first time. This includes the £5,000 fine, the £4,800 typical legal costs associated with pleading “not guilty” in court, and the £8,000 rise of insurance cover. This is based on the average premium for a male aged twenty to twenty-four over the eleven years the conviction stays on his licence. There is also the loss of earnings as a driving ban can lead to unemployment. This has been calculated at £33,000 - assuming an average salary and a typically fifteen month ban. To emphasise the point, Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond recently revealed a £50,000 pint at the Leadenhall Market in London.
Drink-Driving Could Cost £50,000