The Dangers Of Driving When Drunk

The Dangers Of Driving When Drunk



According to​ statistics, over 90% of​ all UK drivers consider that driving under the influence of​ alcohol is​ extremely dangerous, and​ recognize the dangers of​ driving when drunk. The problem with this​ statistic is​ that it​ means that over two million​ UK drivers must think that drunk driving is​ not dangerous. this​ could not be further from the truth, each year on​ British roads 3000 to​ 3500 people are killed in​ drink related accidents.

Newspaper headlines commonly claim that the numbers are falling, although it​ is​ true that over the last few years the numbers have fallen, that is​ only compared to​ record highs. When you​ look at​ the first time the figure was recorded back in​ 1979 only 1600 people were killed, half of​ today’s figures. Therefore, it​ seems hard to​ argue that these are ‘good’ figures and​ numbers of​ deaths are going down.

The UK legal limit for​ driving with alcohol in​ your​ system is​ 80mg of​ alcohol to​ 100ml of​ blood. it​ does not necessarily follow that if​ you​ body has less than this​ limit you​ are safe to​ drive. in​ the US, many states have successfully prosecuted drivers who were below the legal limit but still deemed to​ be unfit to​ drive.

Even in​ the late 70’s if​ the police stopped a​ driver who was drunk, they often did not have breathalyzers available. and​ would also take an​ attitude of​ the driver was ‘not too drunk’ and​ let them walk the rest of​ the way home. That attitude has disappeared completely; police now always seek convictions for​ drivers who are even a​ tiny fraction​ over the limit.

if​ you​ choose to​ drink and​ drive the law now has stiff penalties, combined with a​ strong will to​ make an​ example of, not just some, but all offenders. Driving above the limit carries a​ 12 month ban, a​ £5,000 fine, and​ a​ sentence of​ up to​ six months in​ jail, and​ that is​ for​ the first offence. Anyone who thinks it’s a​ good idea to​ refuse a​ breath test faces the same penalties.

An endorsement on​ your​ license for​ a​ drink-driving is​ not removed for​ eleven years, that means for​ eleven years if​ the police pull you​ over they will almost certainly breathalyze you, on​ the basis that you​ have a​ history of​ ignoring the dangers of​ driving when drunk.

Insurance companies would rather take on​ a​ seventeen year old with a​ sports car than someone with a​ drink driving conviction​ as​ they consider the risk to​ be lower. this​ means premiums could be several times what you​ paid before the conviction. After a​ second offence, insurance is​ nearly impossible to​ obtain​ at​ any price.

Drunk drivers who killed someone else, used to​ often come under the careless driving laws, which carried a​ maximum penalty of​ a​ £2,500 fine. The new offence of​ causing death by careless driving, while under the influence of​ drink or​ drugs, is​ slightly stricter with a​ maximum disqualification​ of​ two years, and​ a​ fourteen year prison​ sentence.

Drinking and​ driving is​ now completely socially unacceptable, with not only the courts frowning on​ such behavior. Friends and​ neighbours can ostracize offenders, employers have no interest in​ taking on​ convicted drink drivers, and​ even if​ they do, their insurers will often block the employment. The days of​ casual drink driving are well and​ truly over with the vast majority of​ people recognizing the dangers of​ driving when drunk on​ British roads.




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