Download our free ‘Alcohol and Driving’ posters below. Print and display them in areas they’ll be seen by your drivers, or download and attach them to an email to remind your drivers of the dangers of mixing alcohol and driving.
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Understanding the effects of alcohol and its relationship with driving is the first step in ensuring that your drivers remain within the legal limits. Below are some top tips to give to your drivers to remind them why avoiding any alcohol when driving is the key to staying safe behind the wheel.
- Even when entering your vehicle to retrieve personal belongings, being over the legal limit and carrying your keys counts as being drunk in charge of a vehicle and can lead to prosecution.
- Only time can help you to sober up. There are no tricks and things such as sleeping, eating, and drinking coffee won’t help to bring you sober up any quicker.
- The maximum punishment for causing death by dangerous driving is 14 years in jail.
- When just below the drink-drive limit you are four times more likely to be involved in a crash than if sober. It’s always better to have no alcohol if driving, even if you think you’ll be within the legal limits.
- Alcohol inhibits your ability to adjust to bright lights and headlights, judge depth and identify hazards – all crucial for the safe operation of a vehicle.
- Refusing to provide a sample of blood, breath or urine can lead to six months’ imprisonment.
- Drink-driving is a criminal offence. If you drive for work your ban will show up on employer licence checks and your insurance will increase significantly when you return to the road.
How does a driver know if they’re safe to drive? The amount of alcohol it takes for someone to be over the drink-drive limit varies based on several factors (age, weight, metabolism to name a few) and the amount of time it takes to process a unit of alcohol also varies greatly. It’s always best to have no alcohol if driving.