Drink driving


What will your drink cost you smEven a small amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. If you drink and then get behind the wheel of a car, you risk your life, the lives of your passengers and others on the road. Drink driving costs lives.

Drink driving - Remember!

  • Don't drink and drive. The only safe limit is none
  • Beware of the morning after. You could still be over the limit
  • Plan how to get home without the need to drive
  • Don't offer an alcoholic drink to someone you know is planning to drive
  • Don't accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol.

Breath tests

The police can stop you at any time and ask you to take a breath test (‘breathalyse’ you) if:

  • They think you’ve been drinking
  • You’ve committed a traffic offence
  • You’ve been involved in a road traffic accident.

If you refuse to take a breath test, or fail to supply a sample of breath and don’t have a ‘reasonable excuse’, you can be arrested. A reasonable excuse could be a genuine physical or mental condition stopping you from giving a sample. (source: gov.uk)

The number of breath tests

In Devon and Cornwall there were 14,185 roadside breath tests in 2015 and 1,692 arrests.

What if I'm caught drink driving?

When you are caught drink driving, you risk a fine of up to £5,000 or six months in prison, or both, a minimum driving ban and a criminal record. (gov.uk drink driving penalties)

Inspector Richard McLellan from the roads policing team said

"People convicted of drink or drug driving can expect to be banned from driving for at least 12 months, receive a fine of up to £5,000 and/or six months in prison. When someone dies as a result of a collision involving a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol, sentences can carry a penalty of up to ten yeards in prison."

One to watch: This dramatic CCTV footage shows a car, driven by a man who had been drinking, crashing into the Three Elms pub in Brixham and seriously injuring the landlord.

The driver lost control of his car in March 2012 as he drove through the town at 60mph and crashed into the porch of the pub.


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