The dangers of drink driving

man drinking alcohol while driving the car
A man drinking alcohol while driving his car.

Around 30 people are seriously injured or killed in drink driving crashes on Britain’s roads every week, with 100,000 people still caught drink driving annually, despite strict drink-driving limits in place. But what are some of the dangers of drink driving?

  • Alcohol makes you over-confident so you’re more likely to take risks
  • Impaired judgement
  • Slower reactions
  • Increases your stopping distance
  • Affects your vision
  • Reduces ability to concentrate

If you’re over the legal limit, you are more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident due to the above, and other effects that alcohol has on your system.

Legal limits

It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle on a public road with more than either:

  • 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100ml of blood; or
  • 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath

There are calls for these limits to be lowered, as research has shown that if you have 50-80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100ml of blood you are 2 times more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident, and 6 times more likely to be in a fatal crash. It’s estimated that if drink driving limits were lowered, between 43 and 168 lives would be saved annually.

Drink driving regulations

If you are caught drink driving, you’ll receive a driving ban for a minimum of 12 months – often much longer. You’ll also have to pay a hefty fine and face possible imprisonment. Once you’re able to drive again, you’ll find that car insurance premiums could be up to 5 times more expensive, and you’re unlikely to be able to hire a car from most rental firms for 10 years.

Claiming for compensation

If you’ve been the victim of a drink driving crash that wasn’t your fault, you could be eligible to claim for compensation, and that’s where Accident Advice Helpline can come to the rescue. Call us today on our freephone helpline – we’re open 24/7 and you can have a chat in confidence with one of our friendly advisors, with no obligation to proceed. Esther Rantzen, UK consumer champion and TV personality is our patron, so you know you’re in safe hands. Our 100% no win no fee* service means there’s no reason not to give us a call – and we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim.

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