The record of deaths resulting from accidents involving at least one drunk driver in the UK in 2013 was between 220 and 260. There were an estimated 240 fatalities. Although, the number of deaths is still high however they have decreased in past 35 years, where the number of accidents recorded were even higher.
When we compare the deaths due to road accidents caused by the drunk drivers, we can clearly see that the number has reduced by more than three quarters over the past three decades.
The limit for alcohol in the blood, breath and urine in Wales and England is 80mg, 35 microgrammes and 107 mg per 100 millilitres of each respectively.
50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood is the common limit for many other European nations, which is less than England and Wales.
Compared to other countries in the UK, the blood alcohol limit for motorist in Scotland is unique. In December 2014, Scotland reduced the limit to 50 mg of alcohol in every 100 mL of blood. Only 22 micrograms per 100mg of breadth was the acceptable limit for the drivers.
This was done in order to make the roads safer and minimize loss of life in the Scottish roads and make the limit match other European nations, says the Scottish Government.
A foolproof method of drinking and staying within the limit is still to be discovered. Each individual's limit is different in regards to how much alcohol they can consume to say they have exceed the limit.
It will depend on the following factors:
Minor quantities of alcohol can affect your driving and therefore, the best advice that can be provided is to avoid any alcohol if you intend to drive.
Alcohol has an effect on many of the functions required to drive safely.
You cannot have a clear view of things because of issues of blurred or double vision. If the brain as well as the sight does not work properly, chances are that you will end up in a dangerous situation.
Alcohol is very dangerous and if you are in a delicate situation, like driving, then it is better to drink afterwards, not before going to drive.
A preliminary breath test is usually carried out by the road if the police suspect that you are driving under the influence of alcohol. A breathalyser is what will used to conduct this test.
A second breath test is carried out at the police station in case you don't pass the first test or if the police believe that the drinking has affected your ability to drive. At the police station, you will be required to provide two or more breath specimens, which will be taken in a complex breathalyser.
These tools help them judge whether you are under the normal limit or not.
You are entitled to the blood or urine test options if you have an evidential breath sample that reads up to 40%, depending on the one preferred by the police officer. They will press charges against you if the evidential specimens show that you have exceeded the limit.
If have been involved in vehicular accident, done any traffic violations (ran a red light or entered the wrong side of a one-way street), or show the policeman any reason that you are driving under the influence, they are well within their rights to test your breath.
When its holiday season (New Year's Eve and Christmas), the police usually check for drunk motorists by placing checkpoints, and they are permitted to pull over any driver when they suspect something.
People who are apprehended for being over the legal alcohol limit, and driving will be prohibited from driving for at least 12 months and can also face financial penalties to the extent of '5000. If your luck is not helping you, you will be punished with 3 to 11 penalty points. Police can also send you to the jail for more than six months. The severity of the offence is what determines the jail time, the length of the ban, how much you should pay, and penalty points. You will be given up to three years driving ban if you are convicted for drink driving more than once in 10 years.