Drink Driving


Drink driving is illegal and puts lives at risk. It is not possible to say how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the limit. The way alcohol affects you depends on: 

So if you’re driving it’s better to have none for the road. 

The Institute of Advanced Motorists calculate that a drink drive conviction could cost up to £70,00 as a result of fines, solicitors fees, increase in the cost of car insurance, and losing a job. 

The law

There are strict alcohol limits for UK drivers. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the legal alcohol limit for drivers is: 

The consequences 

The maximum penalty for causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs is life in prison, with a minimum driving ban of five years. 

In addition to these penalties are the everyday consequences of being caught drink driving which can include: 

Ideas for you

If you suspect or have witnessed someone driving under the influence of drink or drugs, you can report the person to the police via the 101 non-emergency service (or anonymously to Crimestoppers< https://crimestoppers-uk.org> if you prefer). 

The information that the police require before they can act is the registration of the vehicle involved, the person’s name and if possible address and details of any regular journeys the person makes e.g. every Thursday night at approximately 23:30hrs B leaves the pub and drives the same route home. The police could then wait for the vehicle somewhere on that route and stop it. 

Things that might help

Here in Cornwall, the Police and Crime Commissioner has prioritised road safety and established a new partnership Vision Zero – A collaborative road safety community project (visionzerosouthwest.co.uk) 

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