Drink Driving: The Myths

Back in December 2014 the drink driving limit lowered. Find out more about drink driving here

Why is there a limit?

When it comes to driving, you need all your concentration to keep safe and avoid accidents. So think about how dangerous it would be if you had worse co-ordination and vision, slowed reactions and you couldn’t judge speed or distance? All of these things happen when alcohol is in your system.

What is the drink driving limit?

The drink driving limit in Scotland lowered from 80mg to 50mg due to the number of road deaths due to drinking and accidents involving higher levels of alcohol.

How much will put me over the limit?

You can never be quite sure how much alcohol will put you over the limit – so the safest option is to avoiding drinking altogether.

Why not get one of your mates to be the designated driver, or decide to split the cost of a taxi with your friends? Paying a little more is worth it if you avoid getting into an accident.

And if you think somebody has been drinking and they offer you a lift, politely decline. They might seem fit to drive if you and your friends have all been drinking, but it’s better to be safe.

The morning after the night before...

Even if you get a taxi home after a night of drinking remember you can still be over the limit the next day.

It takes time for alcohol to leave the system so you could still be feeling the effects, and if you are pulled over and given a breathalyser you can still be over the 50mg limit.

Having a cold shower or a cup of coffee won’t help – all that sobers you up is time.

The breathalyser test 

The breathalyser test isn't something you can cheat or fool - no matter how you might try to mask the smell of booze on your breath, the kit will still pick it up.

What happens if you get caught drink driving?

All drivers caught drink driving will lose their licence, get a criminal record, and face a fine of up to £5000 and six months in prison. In Scotland, vehicles can also be forfeited to the crown if you are a repeat offender, or a first time offender who is three times the limit or more, or refuses to provide a sample for analysis.

And all of these can have a massive impact on future employment prospects, and even something as simple as travelling, as certain countries can be quite strict about who they will let visit. 

Does this seem worth it just so you can have a couple of pints?


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