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Drink Driving: Do You Know Your Limits?
posted on Oct 18 2013 by Jade Hensby
Though causalities caused by drink driving have decreased over the years, 2011 saw 230 deaths that resulted from drink driving- and this accounts to 12% of all road fatalities. Any amount of alcohol will affect your driving, and with a fine of up to 5,000 or a minimum 12 month ban, why are we still risking lives Lets see if we really know our limits, and the consequences of not knowing.
The law in the UK for drink driving comes down to three simple measures:
35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
107 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine
Alcohol has a different effect on us all, therefore our tolerance level are different. This is because we are all different ages, gender, weight and have different metabolism rates. It would also vary depending on the type of alcohol you drank. Therefore if you are driving, its better to have a dry night, than your last night.
If you do risk drink driving and youre caught, then you'll face the consequences. There are strict penalties for drink driving in the UK, and if you are convicted youll face:
Minimum 12 month driving ban
A criminal record
A fine of up to 5,000
An endorsement on your license for 11 years
And the list doesnt end there either. Youll notice that everyday consequences will take effect too, such as:
Increase in car insurance costs
Trouble getting into certain countries like the USA
To find out more information, visit http://think.direct.gov.uk/drink-driving.html and make sure youre in the know.
Be sure to stay safe on the roads, and enjoy the independence of driving.