Alcohol related motoring offences are some of the most common cases we deal with at Olliers’ Motor Law and “driving whilst under the influence” is a broad term that covers drink driving (whether you have provided a breath, blood or urine sample) as well as offences where your driving is impaired through either drink or drugs.
Driving Under The Influence of Alcohol Facts
We wanted to provide some general information/interesting statistics for to consider:
- Whether or not you become impaired is not dependent upon the type of alcohol you consume but rather the amount you drink over a certain period of time.
- Alcohol related allegations are more common than you might think however many people choose not to disclose such convictions due to embarrassment and fear of social stigma.
- There are countless “tips” floating around that allegedly help you avoid being charged. Sucking a two pence piece before being breathalysed, inhaling when being tested instead of exhaling etc. We can assure you without any doubt that none of these methods will work or help you in any way. In fact trying to use such tactics will likely aggravate the officer dealing with you and potentially land you in more trouble!
- You cannot “sober yourself up” with a nap, a cold shower or coffee. The only thing that eliminates alcohol from the body is the passage of time and the average person will metabolise 10µg (1 unit) of alcohol per hour.
- Despite having a full night’s sleep following a night out, you may still be over the limit even if you feel fine and we speak to so many motorists who have been stopped the morning after. Always think about how much you have consumed and err on the side of caution before deciding to drive. Even if you feel good to go, alcohol in your system may still impair your driving and you could be charged with driving whilst unfit even if you are not over the limit.
- A drink driving conviction will result in a minimum 12 month disqualification, a significant fine, a criminal record, possible employment and travel restrictions, social stigma and an endorsement on your licence for 11 years to name but a few of the consequences.
- The length of your intended journey should not affect your decision on whether or not to drive. Statistics compiled by Direct.gov.uk show that a large proportion of all accidents occur within 3 miles into the journey.
- When having a night out, always try and take turns amongst your group of friends to be a designated driver.
- It is not “better” or in your interests to fail to provide a specimen as penalties for this offence are similar to those for drink driving.