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The Drink Driving Season

Posted on 17th December

‘Tis the season when police forces from across the UK are clamping down on drink driving culprits. Individual police forces take a different approach to drink driving initiatives.

West Midlands Police have chosen to ‘name and shame’ on their website those who have been charged with drink driving offences. http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/christmas/drink-driving.asp

In North Yorkshire, they launched a ‘Christmas safety campaign’ which saw officers carry out intense patrolling of the roads in North Yorkshire and the City of York.

More generally, data obtained from 22 of England and Wales’ 45 police forces showed that the number of motorists arrested for drink-driving the ‘morning after’ increased by 4% between 2011 and 2012.

So what should you do if you’ve been caught drink driving? 

If found guilty of driving with excess alcohol a 12 month driving ban is obligatory. In addition, you face the real possibility of a prison sentence of up to 6 months and a fine of £5,000.

It is therefore crucial to ensure that you get the right legal advice at the earliest opportunity to allow you sufficient time to receive the correct procedural advice and to formulate mitigation arguments.

Having an experienced barrister to help you from the outset could mean the difference between a lengthy prison sentence and one that is suspended. Our team of Road Law Barristers will help you every step of the way offering the very best advice and representation.