Christmas season is nearly upon us - and this time also coincides with a national police initiative concerning drink driving, as police forces across the UK prepare for a spike in the numbers of those tested and arrested for drink and drug driving offences.
While these offences may not seem particularly serious when viewed against other offences, what is not often understood is the real impact that a conviction can have.
Research shows that loss of a licence leads in a great many cases to loss of employment, in turn to loss of housing as bills cannot be paid, and sometimes it is the final straw that breaks a relationship. The financial costs will be felt for many years thereafter as insurance premiums will be greatly increased.
What we also see is that a great many people come before the courts with alcohol readings that are not high, and where offences have been detected the 'morning after'. Offences that can be said to have been committed perhaps more out of ignorance than a wilful disregard for others.
A single error of judgment with devastating consequences.
What is a safe level of drinking if I propose to drive?
Not drinking any alcohol is the safest level as it ensures that, when you get behind the wheel, your reactions are not impaired to any degree at all.
Crucially, it also prevents the guesswork that brings so many people before the Courts.
Urban myths such as '2 pints are OK' have long since been proved to be false, as have back of the envelope guesses as to how long it takes alcohol to leave the body.
Different people will deal with alcohol in different ways, and even this can vary for a single person depending on a multitude of factors.
Merely feeling 'OK' to drive is not a reliable indicator as to whether you are below the legal limit or not.
As we get merry, we reach a tipping point; we can make foolish choices that will prove costly, sometimes not just measured in financial terms but in injury and even loss of life.
You don't hear lawyers say this often - but I don't wish to see you this Christmas.
So: Think, before you drink and drive.
How I can assist
If you do find yourself in trouble, there is a lot that can be done to assist.
The police must follow complex procedures to establish a case against you – and I can ensure that this has been done.
I can also investigate issues such as 'laced drinks' and 'special reasons'.
Well-presented mitigation can make a real difference to the outcome and, even where a disqualification cannot be avoided, a reduction in length can be achieved .
Contact me on 07766001774 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any driving related matters.