Drink and drug driving
Estimated 260 in 2013 from a confirmed 230 in 2012. The figures show that around 15% of all deaths in reported road traffic collisions, involved at least one driver over the limit.
Summer 2018 Mocktails Campaign
If you are driving, it’s best not to drink at all. It takes a lot longer than most people think for alcohol to pass through the body. On average it takes about one hour per unit of alcohol.
We also support the Morning After campaign, which looks at the risks of drink driving the morning after. To download the ‘Morning After’ Calculator app visit morning-after.org.uk.
If the police stop you and think you’re on drugs they will either test you at the roadside using:
- a drug screening device
- "Field Impairment" test to assess your ability to drive.
You don't have to be on illegal drugs, prescription or over the counter medicines can also impair your ability to drive. If you’re taking medicines, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional before driving.
Changes to the drug driving law
On 2 March 2015 the drug driving law changed. It is now an offence to drive with certain drugs above a specified level in your blood.
The new offence will work alongside the existing offence of driving whilst impaired through drink or drugs.