We’re all aware of the dangers of drink driving and the campaigns targeted at reducing it.
And yet, year after year, good people with no criminal records find themselves over the limit and at risk of losing their licences.
Our experience as specialist drink driving solicitors has shown us that drink driving is most common over the Christmas period, and that people often make simple mistakes that lead to them being in this position.
In this article, we aim to share some of these mistakes – and how you can avoid them so you don’t become a drink driving statistic.
1. DON’T PLAN TO LEAVE YOUR CAR AT THE VENUE
Often, people drive to their venue for a night out to avoid the cost of a taxi.
They plan to get a taxi home and return the next day to collect the car.
But then, after a few drinks, their judgement is impaired and seeing their car there, it’s too tempting and they decide to drive home.
Leave your car at home. Don’t take the risk.
2. BE AWARE OF DRIVING THE NEXT DAY
If you have an early start, you need to be able to control your drinking the night before or stay on soft drinks.
Typically, it’s almost impossible to judge when you will be under the limit as you won’t have been tracking exactly what you drank and at what time.
If you know you have an early start the next day, it’s better to not take the risk.
3. BE CAREFUL IF YOU NAP
We see many clients who have planned to stay with friends after a big night out and have returned to the friend’s home, had some sleep, and then woken in the early hours of the morning and decided they may as well drive home.
This napping can be deadly as people tend to assume that as they have slept, they will be under the limit, and are usually mistaken.
Always give yourself a full night’s sleep before attempting to drive.
Drink driving is a serious offence that carries an obligatory 12 month disqualification as a minimum punishment and can even result in a custodial sentence.
If you do find yourself charged with this, Forrest Williams offer free initial advice on 01623 600645.