The Topic of the month at IPS this December is Don’t drink/drug drive.
The facts and figures?
Kent Police released figures showing that 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured each year in drink-related collisions.
More than 200 motorists were arrested for drink or drug driving offences in Kent in December 2019.
What is the limit?
The amount of alcohol in your bloodstream is called your Blood Alcohol Concentration or BAC. Your BAC depends on how much you drink. The more you drink, the higher your BAC. But many other factors affect your BAC such as your size, your weight, your gender, whether you’ve eaten and even how tired you are.
The maximum blood alcohol limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood (80mg/100 ml). There is no guide to how much alcohol this is as different factors affect how much each person can have.
It is an offence to drive with any controlled drugs above a specified level in your blood, including illegal and medical drugs. The limits set for each drug are different.
What are the consequences?
Anyone caught over the legal alcohol limit when driving will be banned from driving for at least 12 months and fined up to £5,000. You can also be sent to prison for up to six months. Imprisonment, the period of disqualification and size of the fine depend on the seriousness of the offence. Causing a serious accident or death through drink driving means up to 14 years in jail and a two-year driving ban.
Never mind the law, you’d never forgive yourself if you injured someone seriously – and try getting car insurance or a new job if you’ve got a driving conviction – not easy.
Finally, if you’re caught drink/drug driving more than once in 10 years, you’ll be banned for at least three years.
Safer alternatives to drinking and driving
Not drinking and driving is the safest option, choosing soft drinks in pubs and restaurants, using public transport and having a designated driver.
Some pubs run schemes to offer the driver in a group free soft drinks, Coca Cola for the 12th year in a row, run a similar scheme and publicise a list of places to get cheaper or free soft drinks for the driver in a group.
Click here to find out where your local pub is now with Coca Cola.
Where to get additional support and advice
If you need any additional help or guidance, please talk to the IPS Safeguarding Officers who can refer you to sources of support.
You can contact our Safeguarding Officers, Laura, Paula and Mary on 07483095871.
Or use the link below to help.