Drink driving

Advice for New Drivers

The facts about drink driving

  • It only takes a small amount of alcohol to affect how you drive.
  • That’s why Scotland’s new lower drink drive limit is just 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. This often means that just one drink could put you over the limit.
  • Go over that limit and you are six times more likely to die in a road accident.
  • Drink driving can kill. Best not to risk it.

The consequences of drink driving

Drink driving is not only dangerous. It affects you in other ways too.

  • You’ll lose your licence for at least 12 months.
  • You’ll have to pay a fine of up to £5000.
  • You could go to jail for up to six months.
  • The offence stays on your licence for 11 years.
  • You will have a lengthy criminal record.
  • Your vehicle could be seized and forfeited.

How to avoid drink driving

  1. Drink zero alcohol beers, mocktails, or regular soft drinks.
  2. Have either taxi numbers or a taxi app in your phone.
  3. Know how to get home using public transport.
  4. Nominate a ‘designated driver’ who stays on the soft drinks and takes the group home at the end of the night.
  5. If you really don’t trust yourself – hand over your car keys to a trusted friend or colleague.