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Van Advice - Part 2

In Part 2 of our lowdown on fleet efficiency we look at the issue of driving under the influence

Drink and Drugs

It’s an obvious one, and only a fool would challenge the law, however to give some perspective over 2,000 people are killed or seriously injured in drink-related crashes and nearly one in six of all deaths on the road involve drivers over the legal limit.

  • The legal alcohol limit for driving in the UK is 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (80mg/100ml), or 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath
  • It is not possible to calculate how much you can drink without exceeding the legal limit or becoming unfit to drive because of the wide range of factors involved
  • Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely by reducing your awareness of hazards, impairing your judgement and slowing your reaction times, increasing likelihood of an accident
  • Beware of the ‘morning after’. Nearly one in five people are convicted at this time
  • The use of drugs, whether prescribed or illegal, can seriously impair driving ability
  • Certain prescribed drugs may cause drowsiness
  • If charged with driving under the influence you must notify your employer immediately for insurance purposes

If you are convicted while under the influence, you could:

  • Have a criminal record
  • Be banned from driving for at least 12 months and for at least three years for a second offence
  • Receive up to 14 years in prison is someone is killed as a result of your driving
  • Be heavily fined
  • Lose your job
  • Incur an increase in private motor insurance

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