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Drink-Drive Limit And Penalties Explained For Xmas 2016

Christmas Drink-Drive Campaign 2016 plus the UK legal limit – including a lower limit for Scotland and penalties.

Drink-drive limit in United Kingdom

The THINK! Christmas Drink Drive Campaign is in full swing and motorists face a range of penalties for failing to heed its message. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. In Scotland, however, it is merely 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres.

The Government explained that it is “impossible” to confirm how many alcoholic drinks such figures equate to as it varies from person to person. Contributing factors include: weight, age, gender, metabolism (the rate the human body consumes energy), type of alcohol, what food has been consumed recently and stress levels.

Drink-drive penalties in United Kingdom

Motorists can be convicted of a range of drink-drive related offences with varying penalties. Consider “being in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit or unfit through drink”, for example. The Government confirmed that potential penalties include:

  • 3 months imprisonment,
  • £2,500 fine,
  • driving ban.

In contrast, motorists found to be “driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit or unfit through drink” could receive:

  • 6 months imprisonment,
  • unlimited fine,
  • driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years).

Drivers that are convicted of “refusing to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis” could be punished by:

  • 6 months imprisonment,
  • unlimited fine,
  • ban from driving for at least 1 year.

Furthermore, “causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink” might result in:

  • 14 years imprisonment,
  • unlimited fine,
  • ban from driving for at least 2 years,
  • extended driving test before the licence is returned.

How Drink-Drive Campaign works

The THINK! Christmas Drink Drive Campaign 2016 primarily targets young men as they account for the majority of drink related fatalities in the UK. Furthermore, it sends its safety message through modern, digital, media as 5.4 million men age 25 to 34 are on Facebook alone. The Campaign relies on Twitter and Spotify, too. 

The Campaign features a new advert per-day from December 1st to 31st to be released on social media. The premise is “fear of missing out”. Each explains that young men “have plenty to live for the following day” - a day they might not see if they drink then drive. 

Government condemns drink-drivers

Road Safety Minister Andrew Jones explained: “Drink-driving destroys families and ruins lives, yet some reckless drivers continue to take the risk and get behind the wheel after drinking”.

“This Christmas we are specifically targeting the biggest perpetrators of this devastating crime – young men, but our message to everyone remains the same: don’t drink and drive”, he confirmed.

Find out more about the THINK! Drink Drive Campaign this Christmas