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    Is Drinking Whilst Driving Illegal in the UK?

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    In the UK, there are strict laws regarding drink-driving. See below a breakdown of the blood alcohol limits in England, Wales, North Ireland and Scotland as stated by GOV.UK.​

    Level of alcoholEngland, Wales and Northern IrelandScotland
    Micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath3522
    Milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood8050
    Milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine10767

    Did you know that there are drink-driving penalties set in place? Take a look at the different charges for different offences here:

    Being in charge of a vehicle while over the limit

    You may get:

    • 3 months’ imprisonment
    • up to £2,500 fine
    • a possible driving ban

    Driving or attempting to drive while over the limit

    You may get:

    • 6 months’ imprisonment
    • an unlimited fine
    • a driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years)

    Refusing to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis

    You may get:

    • 6 months’ imprisonment
    • an unlimited fine
    • a ban from driving for at least 1 year

    Causing death by careless driving while over the limit

    You may get:

    • 14 years’ imprisonment
    • an unlimited fine
    • a ban from driving for at least 2 years
    • an extended driving test before your licence is returned

    Source: https://www.gov.uk/drink-driving-penalties

    Read more​​​ about road rules to follow for visitors driving in the UK.​​​

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