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UK Drink Driving Penalties - Drink Driving Facts.com

If you are convicted of drink driving...

          - you'll have a criminal record.

          - you won't be allowed to drive for a least a year.

          - you could lose your job.

          - your lifestyle could change dramatically.

          - your insurance costs will rocket.

          - you'll have real trouble hiring a car for the next 10 years.


It will be worse if you kill someone...

If you are convicted of The maximum penalty is
Causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs. 10 years imprisonment, an unlimited fine and banned for at least 2 years.
Driving or attempting to drive whilst above the legal limit or unfit through drink 6 months imprisonment plus a fine of 5000 and banned for at least 12 months (3 years if you've convicted twice in 10 years).
In charge of a vehicle whilst above the legal limit or unfit through drink. The maximum penalty is 3 months imprisonment plus a fine of 2500 and a ban.
Refusing to provide a specimen. 6 months imprisonment plus a fine of 5000 and banned for at least 12 months.


You could also become a 'high risk offender'...

          - if you refuse to provide a specimen.

          - if you are convicted at 2.5 times the limit.

          - if you are convicted twice in 10 years, in which case
      you will be banned from driving for a minimum of three years.

Then you would have to satisfy an approved doctor that you do not have a drink problem before you got your licence back (and you'd have to pay for the medical).

 
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