1 in 5 deaths involve alcohol.

Young men aged 16-24 are more likely to die from an alcohol-related road traffic collision, and are the cause of over 400 deaths each year.

The DVSA states:

Alcohol will seriously reduce your judgement and ability to drive safely. You must be aware that:

  • Driving with alcohol in your blood is potentially very dangerous. There are severe penalties if you drive or attempt to drive while over the legal limit.
  • If you drink in the evening, you might still be over the legal limit and unfit to drive the following morning.

The only safe limit, ever, is a zero limit.

How does alcohol affect our ability to drive safely?

  • slows brain function and reaction times by 10 to 30%
  • causes blurring and loss of peripheral vision
  • induces a 25% reduction in the ability to judge speed and distance
  • creates overconfidence and reduces the perception of risk
  • for young people the accident risk increases after one drink; after two it doubles and after five it can have increased tenfold
  • has exactly the same effect whether neat or with a mixer

What’s the alcohol limit for driving?

There is no way of any driver knowing for sure if they’re safe to drive after drinking. How your body reacts to alcohol can depend on lots of things such as:

  • your weight
  • gender
  • metabolism
  • current stress levels
  • whether you’ve eaten recently
  • how tired you are

Learn more about the alcohol limits for driving and a whole range of other information at http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-facts/alcohol-and-the-law/drink-driving-and-the-legal-alcohol-limit/

What’s the law?

Learn more about alcohol limits for driving at www.gov.uk/drink-drive-limit

What’s the consequences?

  • Possibly a ban meaning you can’t drive.
  • A fine (this could be unlimited).
  • Potentially a prison sentence.
  • You could lose your job if you’re convicted.
  • Lots of employers ask about driving convictions on application forms, so it could mean that you can’t apply for a job you want.
  • If you hurt someone or kill someone, you’ll have to live with that on your conscience for the rest of your life.

If you’re going to drive, don’t drink!

If you’re going to drink, don’t drive!