The Christmas crackdown on drink driving has begun, with police warning people to stay away from alcohol if they are planning to drive.
Ahead of the busy Christmas period, police are hoping to discourage drivers from drinking anything at all as part of their ‘where will you end up tonight?’ campaign.
Officers will now be out in force to target drink drivers. Inspector Phil Bloor said: "Over the past 50 years the number of road casualties caused by drink driving has fallen dramatically, however we are still seeing far too many. By drinking and driving you risk your life, those of your passengers and others on the road.”
Drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence of drink or drugs now face losing their licence for a minimum of one year, a criminal record and the possibility of serving a prison sentence of up to six months.
The current legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, checked via a breath test conducted either at the roadside or at a police station.
Not only that, but after regaining their licence offenders will see high insurance costs and difficulty hiring a car within ten years of the conviction.
Drink drive limits are heavily dependent upon weight, age, sex and metabolism. Even a small drink can affect a driver’s judgement, impairing reactions and their ability to read the road.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.