DRIVERS could be fined £2,500 for just standing NEXT with their car this St Patrick’s Day – without touching their car.
Under the law, it is entirely possible to be charged with driving while drinking without being behind the wheel.
Driving or attempting to drive in an affected situation increases this to six months in prison, an unlimited fine, and a driving ban for at least one year.
Causing death by careless driving while intoxicated can result in 14 years behind bars, unlimited fines and a minimum two-year ban.
But there are a few ways motorists can get a hefty fine without getting behind the wheel.
If you’ve drunk more than the legal limit, you shouldn’t go anywhere near your vehicle.
Just being near it or in possession of car keys can be enough to lead to a charge of drunk driving, which carries a prison sentence of up to three months, a fine of up to £2,500 and possible driving ban. car.
If it can be proven that you intend to drive while intoxicated, you can be charged with drink driving.
Indicators for this include:
- Stay close to your vehicle
- Being inside your car but not in the driver’s seat
- There’s a key in the socket
- Having a reason to drive, such as needing to get to work or having a scheduled appointment, which clearly creates an incentive to get behind the wheel despite exceeding the alcohol limit, can be considered a license. proof of your intentions.
It comes as a survey has revealed 10 million motorists may unknowingly drive under the influence of alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day.
How long should you wait before driving after drinking?
- A big glass of wine – 5 hours
- Sex cocktail on the beach – 4 hours
- Double vodka – 4 hours
- Cider – 4 hours
- Long Island Iced Tea – 3.5 hours
- Pint of lager – 3.5 hours
- Pina colada – 3 hours
- A standard glass of champagne – 2.5 hours
- Single gin – 2.5 hours
Vanarama presented 1,000 UK adults with 5 drink driving scenarios, and revealed that six million drivers could risk driving the morning after a night out celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
When asked if 12 hours is enough to stabilize your blood alcohol level (BAC) after eight cans of cider, one in six wrongly said it was safe.
Meanwhile, one in six motorists (5.5 million motorists) don’t know that the usual two liters of alcohol is enough to get you over the driving limit.
And 22% of UK adults – or eight million motorists – don’t know that drinking two small glasses of wine will put you over the alcohol limit.
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