Drink Driving (Driving or Attempting To Drive Whilst Exceeding The Prescribed Limit)

Offence

It is an offence to drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in a person’s breath exceeds the prescribed limit under S 5 Road Traffic Act 1988.

The drink driving limits are:

  • 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 ml of breath
  • 80mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood
  • 107mg of alcohol in 100 ml of urine

When the police have reasonable grounds to suspect that a person is driving with excess alcohol they can ask that person to perform a roadside breath test. If this is a positive reading the driver will be arrested and taken for a further “evidential test”.

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