Don't Drink and Drive


Tempting? Yes. Dangerous? Double yes. And it’s not just dangerous for any unsuspecting pedestrians crossing the road, but for you and your future too if you get caught.
On average 940 people are killed in drink driving related accidents in Great Britain each year. On average 3,681 people are seriously injured in drink driving related accidents in Great Britain each year.

Approximately 85,000 people are convicted of drink driving related offences each and every year in England and Wales alone.

The majority of those convicted are male (approximately 85%).

Recent cases

A former Manchester City youth player, Courtney Meppen-Walter 24, who killed a brother and sister while speeding has been banned from the wheel for 22 months after he was caught drink-driving.

How not to drink and drive

If you’ve travelled by car, leave your keys with someone else, use public transport, or take a taxi. Keep tabs on yourself, one pint can give you false confidence that you can manage another one and still be fit to drive. Rather than risk it, simply don’t drink at all if you’ll be in the driver’s seat afterwards.


Driving whilst over the limit could get you:

  • 6 months in prison
  • Up to a £5,000 fine
  • A driving ban of at least a year (three years if convicted twice in 10 years)

Causing death by careless driving whilst drinking could get you:

  • 14 years in prison
  • An unlimited fine
  • A driving ban of at least two years
  • And you’ll have to take an extended driving test in order to get your license back.

Other legal downers if you’re caught include:

  • Your car insurance will increase
  • You’ll have a criminal record that could affect future employment
  • Having a criminal record can affect travel to certain countries such as the US.


If you are convicted of an offence involving drinking and driving, the magistrate may offer you the opportunity of attending a rehabilitation course. If you complete the course, it will reduce your disqualification period by up to a quarter –for example, a 1 year period of disqualification would be reduced to 9 months. The court will decide the length of reduction for longer periods of disqualification.

Related information

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More information

The drink drive limit (from GOV.UK)

‘Stupid and embarrassed’ ex-Manchester City player jailed for double death smash issues grovelling apology as he’s hauled back to court for drink driving (From Manchester Evening News)

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