DRINK driving is especially common around Christmas – and equally dangerous.
But how much is too much? Here are UK laws about what you can sip before getting behind the wheel.
While it’s impossible to know exactly how much alcohol you can handle before driving, it’s better not to drink on the road.
It’s for the safety of others and yourself – with the AA estimating up to 800,000 unlicensed motorists travel on UK roads.
If you are found guilty of drinking while driving, you could face increased car insurance premiums, fines, driving ban or even jail time.
What is the drink limit while driving in the UK?
Drink limits vary in the UK depending on which country you’re in.
There is one rule for motorists in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and another for motorists in Scotland.
The limits of England, Wales and Northern Ireland are:
- 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood
- 35 micrograms per 100 ml of breath
- 107 milligrams per 100 milliliters of urine.
In Scotland, the limits are:
- 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood
- 22 micrograms per 100 ml of breath
- 67 milligrams per 100 milliliters of urine.
The driving drinking limit in Scotland was reduced in 2014 and stricter regulations mean just one drink can get you over it.
You need to be careful with limits because alcohol affects everyone differently depending on your weight, age, sex, metabolism, the type of alcohol you’re drinking, what you’ve eaten, and how stressed you are. your straight.
Even if you are below the legal limit, just one drink can still reduce your driving skills.
In fact, with just 10mg of alcohol per 100ml of your blood (1/8 of the limit in England and Wales), you are 37% more likely to have a fatal accident than if you were fully awake.
If you’re driving the next day after a night out, be extra careful, you could still have enough alcohol over the legal limit.
How can alcohol affect driving?
Your ability to drive safely with alcohol in your system is impaired by:
- The brain takes longer to receive messages from the eyes
- Information processing becomes more difficult
- Instructions to the body’s muscles are delayed resulting in slower reaction times
- Blurred vision and double vision affect the ability to see things clearly when driving
- You are more likely to take potentially dangerous risks because you act on impulses you normally repress
What can affect drink limits while driving?
There are a number of factors that can affect how much alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream, which could put you over the legal limit.
These levels may depend on:
- your weight, age, sex, and metabolism (how fast your body uses energy)
- the type and amount of alcohol you are drinking
- what have you eaten recently?
- your stress level at the time
What is the penalty for drinking and driving?
If you cause death while driving under the influence of alcohol, you face up to 14 years in prison.
Just being caught over the limit can lead to a driving ban, a £2,500 fine and even a short jail term.
The actual penalty you receive is up to the judge hearing your case and on your offense.
Here are the maximum penalties for drunk drivers:
- Driving a vehicle while exceeding the legal limit or inappropriately while drinking: three months in prison, fines up to £2,500, possible driving ban
- Driving or attempting to drive while exceeding the legal limit or inappropriately drinking: six months in prison, unlimited fines and a driving ban for at least one year (three years if you’ve been convicted twice in 10 years)
- Refuse to provide breath, blood or urine samples for analysis: six months in prison, unlimited fines and a driving ban for at least one year
- Causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol: 14 years in prison, unlimited fines, a driving ban for at least two years and an extension of the driving test before returning the driver’s license
Other issues include:
- Significantly increase the cost of car insurance
- If you drive to work, your employer will see your trust on your license
- You may have difficulty traveling to countries like the United States
How many units of alcohol can you drink before driving?
The legal drink limit while driving cannot be safely converted to certain units, as it depends on several factors such as your gender, body mass, and how quickly your body absorbs drink alcohol.
As a general rule, two quarts of regular alcohol or two small glasses of wine will get you over the limit.
It takes about two hours for a pint to leave your system although stronger beers and spirits will take longer.
A large glass of wine (250ml) remains in the blood for four hours, while a glass of brandy takes only an hour.
You will need an extra hour for the alcohol to be absorbed into the system. So if you have four bottles of wine and stop drinking at midnight, it’s not safe to drive until at least 9am.
If you have a bottle of wine, you should wait until 1pm the next day.
But this isn’t a general rule, because there are so many variables around how your body processes alcohol, each with different limits.
The easiest way to make sure you stay safe behind the wheel and obey the law is to not drink if you plan to drive.
You should also give yourself plenty of time the next day before you depart.
When was the first roadside breath test done?
The first roadside breath test was performed 50 years ago, on October 8, 1967.
In the year the law was introduced, 1,640 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes, but the public protested then-Transport Minister Barbara Castle that the new law could put them out of business.
AA President, Edmund King, said: “The driver’s breather with mandatory seat belts and the adoption of EuroNCAP crash testing are the three biggest road safety lifesaving measures introduced in half a century. past century.
“Pain medication and subsequent campaigns have saved thousands of lives and helped make drinking and driving socially unacceptable.”
Which celebrities have been arrested for drunk driving?
Troubled movie star Ant McPartlin has been hit with one of the UK’s highest ever driving fines after injuring a four-year-old girl by smashing into her parents’ car baby in Richmond, London.
He was thrown £86,000 after pleading guilty to drinking twice the driving limit at Wimbledon Magistrates Court.
Former England captain Wayne Rooney was arrested for drunk driving – and later pleaded guilty.
Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher was banned from driving for two years in 2017 after admitting to driving over the limit.
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino was banned from driving for 12 months in February 2017 after being caught on the wrong side of the road and over the alcohol limit.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/173108/alcohol-driving-uk-law-drink-limit-explained/ How many units can you drink and drive in the UK? – US Sun