Drink / Drug Driving 

Facts Drinking and Drug Driving  It is against the law to drive if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol Although there is a legal limit, alcohol is a drug which affects the nervous system and impairment starts the moment you have your first drink. It is, therefore, advisable not to drink and drive at all.

The maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving will increase by four years through the Criminal Justice Act 2003 if discovered to be joyriding and drivers who kill under the influence of drink or drugs.

Drivers who kill on the roads can also be charged with manslaughter which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Facts Drink Driving The facts  If you drive at twice the legal alcohol limit you are at least 30 times more likely to cause a road crash than a driver who hasn't been drinking. 

Alcohol affects the brain, after drinking the brain takes longer to receive messages from the eye; processing information becomes more difficult and instructions to the muscles are delayed.  Alcohol can slow down reaction time by 10 to 30 per cent.  It also reduces ability to perform two or more tasks at the same time.

Alcohol reduces the ability to see distant objects and night vision can be reduced by 25 per cent.  Blurred and double vision can also occur.  Ability to perceive what is happening at the roadside is weakened. Loss of peripheral vision could be crucial.  Alcohol may also create a sense of overconfidence, with the result that people are prepared to take greater risks.

Each person's tolerance to alcohol depends on a range of factors including:

  • weight
  • gender
  • age
  • metabolism
  • current stress levels
  • whether they have eaten recently
  • amount of alcohol

The safe option is not to drink alcohol if you plan to drive!!

Facts Drug Driving  It is an offence to drive whilst unfit through drugs.  Many people think that if they drive under the influence of drugs, a vehicle search and a potential charge of possession is all they have to be worried about.

Drug drivers can suffer from slower reaction times, erratic and aggressive behavior, an inability to concentrate properly, nausea, hallucinations, panic attacks, paranoia, the shakes dizziness and fatigue.

In such a condition, it is a bad idea to be behind the wheel of a car, for the driver and their passengers. 

Facts Consequences

A BAN from DRIVING. Don't even think about the taxi bill

A PRISON Sentence. How would your family feel?

An UNLIMITED FINE. Wave goodbye to your social life

FORCED to sit an Extended Driving TEST. Humiliating to say the least.

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Page Last Updated on 14/9/2011
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