Sobering reminder of conseqences for drink driving

Still think 'just one more' and you're good to drive? Think again.

Tuesday, 14th June 2016, 3:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th June 2016, 3:58 pm
The government's Think! campaign is about to run again in time for the Euro's - and campaigners are reminding of the consequences of breaking the rules.

As the summer drink drive campaign gets rolling, this year the government is urging motorists to reconsider having 'just one more' drink as it reminds of the rules and consequences of driving over the limit.

The Department for Transport's road safety campaign, Think!, Has launched its summer push to highlight issues around drink driving.

The campaign is specifically targeting men aged between 17 and 34 after research showed that young male drivers in particular are often confused about the legal drink drive limit.

The Department for Transport research showed that one in five men aged 17-34 years would consider having an alcoholic drink before driving.

Timed to coincide with Euro 2016, the campaign will include a rerun of the #ButAlive adverts on television, radio and on demand services this week and onward into July.

Think! believe Euro 2016 represents an ideal opportunity to get the message across to their targeted demographic.

The organisation was unable to provide a comment today due to purdah restrictions surrounding the EU referendum.

So what is the law on drink driving?

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the legal alcohol limit for drivers is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood and 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine.

The consequences of a drink driving conviction include a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, a fine, the possibility of up to six months in prison and an endorsement on your licence for 11 years.

That’s not to mention increased car insurance costs, the effect on your job and potential issues getting into certain countries - such as the USA.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists calculate that a drink drive conviction could cost between £20,000 - £50,000 as a result of fines, solicitors fees, increase in car insurance and loss of job.