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Drink Driving: A Closer Look at the Guidelines

In thinking about how severe the consequences of drinking under the influence can be (both all the consequences that being impaired while driving that become possible and the penalties of law), it’s important to know the legal limit.  The safest and most assured thing to do is to not drive at all after drinking anything.  There’s no particular alcohol that’s “better” than another in terms of its effect on your body; every alcohol can be impairing when you then try to drive.  If you’re able to plan accordingly, steer clear from the road after consuming alcohol.  However, sometimes this may be unavoidable.  Here are the legal guidelines.


⇢ The drinking limit is set at 35 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breaths, 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood, and 107 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of urine. 

⇢ You will receive a driving ban if you’re charged with drink driving, even if it’s you’re a first time offender.

⇢ How quickly alcohol gets into your blood and how much it may impair you depends upon your body type, metabolism rate, how much food and water you’ve consumed, and if you’re on any prescription medication or have altered your body chemistry with any other form of drug.

⇢ There are three levels of convictions for failing to provide a specific test (unless there’s a reasonable cause to refuse, such as asthma or other medical conditions).  You can receive consequence for not providing a requested preliminary test, specimen for analysis, or a sample for the lab.  If you’re asked to provide these samples, it is best to do so.  A solicitor can help fill in the context of your story; don’t harm yourself further by refusing to allow in evidence. 

⇢ You have a right to know any information regarding these laws.

27/08/2015 10:14