Do you know the drink drive limit? If you don’t, or if you’re not quite sure, don’t feel bad. You’re not alone, as the results of a survey recently commissioned by Accident Advice Helpline have revealed. Knowing the drink drive limit means you’re less likely to get behind the wheel of a car intoxicated, although 66% of those surveyed said they wouldn’t drink anything before driving.
So what is the drink drive limit?
In England and Wales, the alcohol limit for drivers is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Only 12.7% of people surveyed got this right. A whopping 49% thought that you would be over the limit if you had 40mg alcohol per 100ml of blood, whilst 12.8% thought the limit was 70mg (getting close but still not quite right). 6.3% said you’d need to have 100mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to be over the limit – completely wrong, and a little worrying. But how does this figure relate to what you can actually drink before getting behind the wheel?
Whilst alcohol affects everybody differently and there is no way to say how it will affect you, as a rough guide, two pints of beer, two pints of cider or a Long Island iced tea would put you over the legal limit in England and Wales. But how many people knew this? Well, 41% of those surveyed thought it would be acceptable to drink this and then drive. 2% of those surveyed said that they thought drinking a double shot of 40% spirits (50ml) would keep them below the drink drive limit; wrong.
Reducing the risk of accidents
It’s clear that we need to educate people more on the drink drive limit in the UK if we’re to reduce the risk of accidents caused by drivers over the limit. If you’ve been injured in an accident after being hit by a drink driver, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation, provided it has been three years or less since your accident happened. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and find out if you have a viable claim – our team of expert personal injury advisors are waiting to take your call and can offer confidential, no-obligation advice, whatever your situation.
You could be eligible to receive a substantial settlement, depending on your injuries, so take the 30-second test on our website to find out how much you could claim.
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton