drink driving


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drink driving

in road traffic law, a convenient term often used to describe driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink; being in charge of a vehicle while so unfit; driving while the proportion of alcohol in breath, blood or urine is over the prescribed limit. It attracts a compulsory period of disqualification of at least one year and a second offence within ten years will result in a ban from driving lasting for at least three years.
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YOU would think that with much TV advertising showing the horrors and dire results of drink driving that prosecution figures would be going down.
Brake says there is also strong public support for lowering the limit with the British Social Attitude Survey recently finding that three quarters of the public (77%) support lowering the drink driving limit.
In just six days the Operation Dragoon team have arrested and charged the eight with drink driving offences and summonsed another two for driving under the influence of drugs.
A FOURTEEN-year-old child has been caught drink driving in the West Midlands.
Northumbria Police force is currently running a month-long crackdown on drink driving and all drivers involved in crashes during December will be breath tested, as well as those caught speeding or suspected of drink driving.
This means that 15% of all fatalities in road accidents involved drink driving.
Drink driving killed 380 people in 2009 and seriously injured 1,490 others.
SCOTTISH doctors yesterday called for a cut in the drink driving limits to slash the death toll on the roads.
According to the Campaign Against Drink Driving (Cadd) any reduction in the limit would save thousands of lives.
Transport Secretary Alastair Darling with Coronation Street star Sally Lindsey, who plays Shelley Unwin, on the set of the Rovers Return Pub at the launch of the Government's Christmas drink driving campaign.
Says Kevin Delaney, head of road safety at the RAC Foundation: "Most of us are well aware of the problems of drink driving but little is said about the perils of drunk pedestrians.
At the same time last year, 4,128 people had been stopped, 571 breath tested, and 21 found to be drink driving.