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Currently, being in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit or unfit through drink, can result in:

  • 3 months’ imprisonment
  • up to £2,500 fine
  • a possible driving ban

Driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit or unfit through drink:

  • 6 months’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years)

Refusing to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis:

  • 6 months’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a ban from driving for at least 1 year

Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink:

  • 14 years’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a ban from driving for at least 2 years
  • an extended driving test before your licence is returned

RECAP: testing how different drivers are affected by alcohol

The number of drink driving offenders in Dumfries and Galloway has dropped dramatically, since a lower limit came into force.

When the new limit was introduced ITV Border tested how different drivers were affected by alcoholic drinks.

The tests may not have been scientific, but even so the results surprised our lunch party:


Drink driving campaign launches in south west Scotland

Police Scotland has started its summer drink driving campaign in Dumfries and Galloway.

The number of drink driving convictions is down since a new lower limit was introduced in Scotland in December.

But fatalities in the region are up on last year.


Police campaign targets drink and drug drivers

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Cumbria Constabulary will be targeting those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs this month using new legislation.

As part of its annual summer campaign, it will use new drug tests that place legal limits on eight illegal drugs and eight medicinal drugs.

Police will enforce the new laws with roadside saliva-testing kits followed by blood and urine tests at a station.

Any amount of alcohol or drugs can affect a motorist's ability to drive safely. Our advice to all motorists is that if you're planning on driving a vehicle do not drink any alcohol or take drugs. Different amounts of alcohol or drugs can have different effects due to a wide range of variables."

– Sergeant Paul Brown

Last year's campaign saw 1,587 breath tests conducted, and 66 people subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Lorry driver jailed for drink driving

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A lorry driver who was nearly four times over the drink-drive limit near Carlisle has been jailed for 120 days.

Martin Tazky, from Slovakia, was stopped at a vehicle checkpoint on the M6 at Todhills.

As well as going to prison, he's been disqualified from driving for 27 months and will have to take an extended test before getting behind the wheel again.

Drop in Cumbria drink drivers

2,687 people were tested as part of the month long campaign Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Sixty motorists were caught driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs during the Cumbria Constabulary's month-long Christmas campaign.

The campaign ran from the 1st of December to the 1st of January.

A total of 2,687 people were tested during this period, a higher number than last year.

However the number of positive results was lower.

Cumbria Police say there is still work to be done.

"A statistic I would like to highlight it that, whilst the number of driver caught under the influence dropped, the number of people failing a test following a collision increased.

"This is proof that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs increases the likelihood of a collision.

"In 2015 we will continue to target drink and drug drivers as part of our work to make Cumbria's roads safer"

– Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley

Big drop in Scottish drink driving

The number of people caught drink driving in Scotland in the first three weeks since the new limit came into force, was down by more than a quarter on last year.

Between 8 and 29 December 13,346 motorists were stopped and breathalysed by Police Scotland under the new lower drink drive limit.

255 were found to be driving under the influence of drink or drugs, compared to 348 in the same period last year.

That's a drop of 27 percent.

In Scotland, the legal limit is now 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, rather than 80mg.

“It is heartening to see a reduction in the total numbers of drivers who are drinking before getting behind the wheel, the fact that 255 people have still chosen to do so and in doing so have put themselves and other needlessly at risk is still entirely unacceptable in my view.

“There is no doubt that the new limit, and what it means, is challenging a lot of people and we shall continue our efforts throughout the season and beyond to make sure that we reinforce the 'don't risk it' message, prevent deaths and collisions and make our roads safer.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins of Police Scotland
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