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DWI/DUI - Drunk Driving Laws And Penalties In The
In the United Kingdom it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle while under
the influence of alcohol or .08; Breath alcohol limit 35
microgrammes/100 ml (0.35 male); urine alcohol limits 107 mg/100 ml
Since 1967. The UK Government is currently considering lowering the
BAC limit to .05.
Penalties And Fines
Fine of up to 5,000 pounds ($8,005.00 US). The average is 300 pounds
Suspension of license is possible, though rare for first offense.
Imprisonment for up to 6 months is possible, though rare for first
Second Offense Or More
Fines are the same as for first offense: up to 5,000 pounds; average is
3 years minimum license suspension if there has been a previous
drink/drive offence within 10 years of the latest.
Possible imprisonment for up to 6 months.
Vehicle forfeiture is possible for repeat offenders, though rarely used.
The UK has a scheme for medical screening of high risk offenders,
those whose blood alcohol is over .20 or who have been convicted two
or more times within 10 years, or who have refused to provide a
specimen. If the screening shows an alcohol problem, a license can be
refused, or restricted for a short period, on medical grounds.
Since 1993, the UK has made experimental use of rehabilitation
courses for drink-drive offenders. They are available in certain areas
only and if the court orders the offender to attend the course.
Disqualification is reduced by 25%. The scheme may become
permanent and nationwide in 2000 subject to a Parliamentary approval.
To reinstate drivers license they must apply and pay a fee. If they are
repeat offenders or had blood alcohol of 200 mg/100 ml (2.0 g/l) they
must also provide medical evidence that they are not physically invalid to
drive through alcohol dependency. Courts may order a driving test, but
this is rare.
Other Laws Concerning Enforcement Of Drunk Driving Laws In The
RBT not permitted, although random stopping is permitted and can lead
to testing on suspicion.
Enforcement is reasonable and increasing. The drink-drive limit has
remained unchanged since it was first introduced, along with roadside
breath testing, in 1967. Evidential breath testing was introduced in 1983
as an alternative to the taking of blood samples. By streamlining the
prosecution procedure, this has encouraged a large increase in
roadside enforcement. Better roadside screening devices have also
increased enforcement. In 1996 over 780,000 roadside tests were
carried out in England and Wales alone, compared with 241,000 in