Dangers of drink / drug driving
In the last 50 years road casualties from drink driving have fallen dramatically. However, driving under the influence of drink or drugs is still a problem on our roads resulting in over 100 crashes a year in Berkshire.
Drivers under the age of 24 are 54 percent more likely than average to be impaired by alcohol, men nearly 20 percent more likely. Many motorists are also not aware of how long alcohol takes to leave your system.
If you have a late night enjoying a few drinks you may well still be over the legal limit in the morning and unaware of the risks you are taking with your own life and that of others. The crashes involving impaired drivers are also much more serious - more than twice as likely to result in someone being killed.
Don't drink / use drugs and drive
Alcohol affects your ability to drive. You risk a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record.
Driving while unfit through drugs (illegal, prescribed or over-the-counter) is an offence which carries the same penalty as drink driving. If you take medicine for an illness, ask the doctor or chemist about side effects before you drive. New drug drive legislation came into force in March 2015 which includes 8 prescription drugs and makes it easier for police to catch and convict drug drivers.
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