Vehicle security and breakdown assistance This Christmas, GEM Motoring Assistance is pleading with drivers to prioritize safety and avoid taking any chances by consuming alcohol.
The recommendation coincides with data indicating that police officer breathalyzer tests are becoming fewer in number. The total number of tests performed in 2021 was 224,162, which was just 31.5% of the tests carried out in 2009 and 7% fewer than in 2020.
However, the greatest percentage since 2003—40,861 tests—were denied or tested positive.
In the UK, drunk driving claims the lives of 220 people on average every year; this number hasn’t moved much since 2010.
Neil Worth, the CEO of GEM, stated, “We urge everyone to respect the law and to understand the significant risk of choosing to flout it.”
Since there hasn’t been a decrease in drink-drive fatalities in ten years, we think lower limits and a more robust safety message are necessary.
“Anyone who thinks it’s okay to drive after drinking puts themselves, their families, and everyone else who happens to be on the road with them at unnecessary risk.”
In England and Wales, the legal limit for alcohol content per 100 milliliters of breath is 35 milligrams (µg). The limit in Scotland was modified to 22µg in December 2014. This translates to a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.5 in Scotland and 0.8 in England and Wales.
A minimum 12-month prohibition, a fine of up to £2,500, and even a jail sentence of up to six months are the penalties for a first DUI offense. The same punishment applies if a specimen is refused to provide.
“If you’re going out for a few drinks, then make arrangements to get home,” Neil Worth continued. The comfort of mind that comes with a £20 taxi ride is well worth every penny. Additionally, stick to soft drinks if you would rather drive. Never take a chance by drinking and driving.