Getting in the festive spirit can quickly see one drink turn into multiple. December is the worst month in the year for drink drivers with 179 drivers caught every day in 2017. There are a number of drink driving myths in the UK which are confusing motorists and potentially landing them in trouble.
New research from AutoTrader, reveals that nearly eight million (7,687,830.92) motorists ‘only slightly over the limit’ will choose to get behind the wheel this Christmas.
In the survey, 39 per cent of drivers surveyed believe that one unit is still below the legal limit, whereas 32 per cent thought two units was safe, and a further seven per cent thought three units would still be fine if stopped and asked to take a breathalyser test.
Complications with the unit system and understanding how alcohol affects different drivers could be the reason so many drivers are still drink driving.
A new video highlights exactly what can happen if you’re caught drink driving:
Stage One – Questions
The video shows a police officer questioning the motorist he has pulled over about how many drinks he has consumed that evening, before asking him to get into the back of the police car. More questions about the evening, what was consumed and in what volume are then asked.
Stage Two – The Law
The officer informs the drive that because he could smell alcohol on his breath he will need him to provide a specimen of breath using a breathalyser.
He informs the driver before the test is taken that if he fails to provide a specimen or if it comes back positive he could be arrested.
December is the worst month for drink driving offences in the UK
Stage Three – Dispelling myths around the limit
After the motorist gives a breath sample he says “What is the legal limit Is it two pints? It is two pints, isn’t it?”
The police officer swiftly responds that its 35 micrograms per 100ml of breath but informs how that it varies from person to person.
The way alcohol can affect you can be based on a number of factors.
Your weight, age, sex and metabolism (the rate your body uses energy)
- The type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking
- What you’ve eaten recently
- Your stress levels at the time
Stage Four – Arrest
The police officer then arrests the man for driving over the prescribed limit of alcohol. He then reads him his rights.
“You do not have to say anything. But, it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”
Stage Five – What happens with the car?
The driver realises that he is twice over the limit when the officer reads out the alcohol content in his blood and asks if a team can come to tow the car away on his radio.
The police officer informs the driver that the car will be left parked, locked and secure and that the police would hold onto the key.
The drink drive limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 ml of blood
Stage six – Search
The driver is then searched to see if he had anything on him. He is also informed that if he does not comply, tries to escape or the circumstance changes it could result in him being cuffed.
Stage seven – Family and friends informed
His friends and family are then informed that he has been arrested and that they will need to walk home.
Stage Eight – Custody
The video then shows the man in custody giving another breathalyser test by another officer who tells him he will be charged when he’s fit and sober again. He is informed that he will remain in custody until he is fit to be charged.
Motorists can be banned from driving and land a hefty fine
Stage Nine – The penalty
It then reveals what happened to the motorist. The man admitted drink-driving and was ordered to pay more than £500.
He was also handed a 16-month driving ban.
A spokesperson for Auto Trader, said: “The festive season is one of the most sociable, but this research highlights concerns of a higher risk of drink driving during this time of a year, as well as a worrying lack of clarity amongst drivers on the current advice and punishments for drink driving.”
“When it comes to getting behind the wheel, the safest number of units is zero.
“So if you’re planning on picking up the keys – we’d advise all drivers to stick to soft drinks – which carries no risk of breaking the law or putting lives in jeopardy as a result of drink driving.”