Scotland has cut the drink drive limit to 50mg per 100ml of blood. Click here for information from Applied Driving Techniques regarding these changes and some training opportunities they offer.
Ask 1,000 drivers if it’s OK to drink and drive and 999 will say NO! Yet every year around 60,000 people are convicted.
Drink driving is still one of the biggest killers on our roads.
One in seven UK road deaths result from drink drive crashes where the driver was over the limit.
Ask yourselves the following:
• Are you confident to manage Drugs and Alcohol in your workplace?
• How much do you and your employees know now?
• Is it sufficient for you to cover your Health & Safety requirements?
We offer an exclusive method of finding out what you and your employees currently know about drink driving, particularly the ‘morning after’ when 1 in 5 drink drive offences occur, on the way to or at work. That’s when they may be of more concern to you.
We can then show your drivers how to protect themselves and others through our interesting and interactive learning sessions.
We want to explain the ‘numbers’ – how long a pint of Kronenbourg, a bottle of Magners or a glass of wine takes to process. How long before you are alcohol FREE and therefore fit to drive.
Does your company have an effective Drug & Alcohol Policy?
Do you know what your responsibilities are?
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If you do not know the answer to the above questions your organisation may be at risk.
The effects of alcohol
Alcohol is a depressant drug and even small amounts (such as half a pint of lager) affect drivers’ reaction times, judgment and co-ordination. Alcohol also makes it impossible for drivers to assess their own impairment because it creates a false sense of confidence and means drivers are more inclined to take risks and believe they are in control when they are not. For these reasons, the only way for drivers to be safe is to not drink anything at all before driving.
Drink drive casualties and behaviour in the UK
In the UK, drink-drive casualties (deaths, serious injuries and minor injuries) decreased significantly during the 1980s, but rose by nearly a third between 1993 and 2002 (from 14,980 to 20,140). Since then they have been falling but remain one of the biggest killers on our roads.
Many more drink-drive crashes are caused by drivers who only have small amounts of alcohol in their blood. A further estimated 65 road deaths per year are caused by drivers who are under the drink-drive limit, but who have a significant amount of alcohol in their blood.
The worst offenders
Certain types of driver are more likely to drink-drive than others:
• Male drivers – the vast majority of convictions for dangerous driving while under the influence of alcohol (about nine in 10) are against men
• Young drivers aged 17-24 have the highest level of drink-drive crashes per distance travelled
• Jobs which require an uniform (Excluding the Salvation Army)
• Jobs where regular overnight stays are required.
• Early Morning drivers
The law – The drink-drive limit
Drink drive limits vary between nations but can be as low as 20mg of alcohol per 100ml, which is effectively zero tolerance. The current drink-drive limit in the UK is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, significantly higher than the majority of EU countries.
Research shows that a driver’s judgement and motor skills are affected when they are still well below this limit.
Charges and penalties
In the UK if a driver is found to be either over the drink-drive limit, and/or driving while impaired by alcohol, they can receive a maximum penalty of six months in prison and an unlimited fine. Anyone convicted must also receive a one-year disqualification.
If a driver kills someone while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they can be charged with death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.