Blood Sample if Breath Test between 40 & 50 mcg

If you blow between 40 and 50 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath on an evidential breath testing machine can you request to provide a blood or urine sample instead? The short answer is no you cannot request to replace a breath sample with a blood or urine sample if you blow between 40 … Read more

How long after drinking can I drive?

How long after drinking can I drive? The answer is it depends on how much alcohol you have drank and the strength of the alcohol consumed. According to the NHS, on average, it takes approximately 1 hour for a person’s body to break down 1 unit of alcohol. 1 unit of alcohol is equal to … Read more

Evidential Roadside Breath Testing Imminent

Evidential roadside breath testing could soon become a reality and would eliminate the need to take suspected drink drivers to the police station in order to obtain an evidential specimen of breath. Currently, only preliminary breath tests can be performed at the roadside. Preliminary breath tests are used to give police officers a reliable indication … Read more

Drink Driving Ban, Will I get Banned? How Long?

Have you been charged with drink driving and are now facing a drink driving ban? Are you worried about what sentence you will receive at court? Do you want to find out how long you will be banned for? The following information will hopefully answer some of the many questions you have. You may also … Read more

What is the legal drink drive limit in the UK?

The legal limit in England and Wales is:

  • 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; or
  • 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood; or
  • 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine

The legal limit in Scotland is:

  • 22 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; or
  • 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood; or
  • 67 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine

The Scottish drink drive limit was lowered on 5th December 2014.

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Is drink driving a criminal offence?

Yes, drink driving is a criminal offence under section 5(1)(a) of the Road Traffic Act 1988. It is a criminal offence for any motorist to drive orĀ attempt to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of alcohol in their breath, blood or urine … Read more