If you decide to go for a drink when you have your car it’s easy to be tempted to drive home afterward, especially if you’ve only had a small amount. However, even a small amount can affect the speed of your reactions and compromise your ability to drive. The safest thing to do is find an alternative way to get home. Use public transport (but take taxi numbers in case you miss the last bus or train). Scotland’s new lower drink-drive limit is just 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. Go over that limit and you are six times more likely to die in a road accident.
Drink driving can kill. Best not to risk it.
A two-year project by Glasgow’s University’s Research Institute of Health and Wellbeing confirms there were 6,070 road accidents involving drink driving in 2016 alone, an unfortunate increase despite the drink driving limit being lowered to:
💉 50 milligrams of alchocol per 100ml of blood.
💨 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath.
Drink driving is not only dangerous. It affects you in other ways too.
- You’ll lose your licence for at least 12 months.
- You’ll have to pay a fine of up to £5000.
- You could go to jail for up to six months.
- The offence stays on your licence for 11 years.
- You will have a lengthy criminal record.
- Your vehicle could be seized and forfeited.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident – and you feel sure it wasn’t their fault – you should contact Watermans Solicitors as soon as possible. Our expert accident solicitors can help establish whether you have a valid claim and advise on how much compensation you could be entitled to.