Driving with excess alcohol or whilst unfit through drink or drugs

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DRIVING OR ATTEMPTING TO DRIVE
  With excess alcohol While unfit through drink or drugs
Endorsement Code DR10 DR20 (drink)
DR80 (drugs)
Description It is an offence for a person to drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place with excess alcohol in his breath, blood or urine as evidenced by a certificate of analysis or printout. It is an offence for a person to drive or attempt to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place while unfit to drive through drink or drugs.
Also known as Drink driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, drunk driving, driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle with excess alcohol, driving with excess alcohol. Drink driving, drug driving, drunk driving, driving under the influence of drink or drugs, driving or attempting to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle while unfit through drink or drugs.
Legislation Road Traffic Act 1988 s.5(1)(a) Road Traffic Act 1998 s.4(1)
Maximum penalty 6 months prison sentence 6 months prison sentence
Maximum fine £5,000 £5,000
Minimum penalty Mandatory minimum 12 month driving disqualification and a band C fine
Sentence guidelines Magistrates sentencing guidelines suggest a 12-60 month driving disqualification in addition to fines, community service or in serious cases imprisonment. Any sentence passed will be largely dependant on the level of alcohol in a persons system or the evidence of impairment at the time of the offence. The majority of first time offenders are usually given the opportunity to take the drink driving rehabilitation course. Upon successful completion of the course, any period of disqualification imposed will be reduced by up to 25%.


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