More than 400million miles will be driven today as families travel home for their holidays - and campaigners want Brits to "make it home for Christmas".
Today, Police Forces up and down the country have launched their annual Christmas drink and drug driving campaign in a bid to keep the roads safe. Therefore, over the festive period traffic cops will, as ever, be on the lookout for anyone whose driving may have been adversely affected by drink or drugs.
Drivers are being urged to always consider the morning after the night before and not to risk driving for many hours after drinking. There are online calculators which will give you an idea of how long to wait. The only thing that gets rid of alcohol is TIME – not showers, a cooked breakfast or coffee.
Driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit or unfit through drink may result in; 6 months’ imprisonment, an unlimited fine or a driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years).
Furthermore, on March 2 2015, the drug driving law changed to make it easier for the Police to convict drug-drivers. Sixteen legal and illegal drugs are now covered by the law including cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine. Penalties for drug driving include; a minimum 1 year driving ban, an unlimited fine, up to 6 months in prison and/or a criminal record.
Hand-held Mobile Phones
Edmund King, chairman of the AA Trust and AA president, said:
"Drink drive campaigns are common at this time of year and yet you are twice as likely to crash text driving as drink driving”.
As a response to this, in March this year motoring laws changed, resulting in the fixed penalty for using a handheld mobile phone while driving doubling from £100 to £200 and penalty points rising from three to six.
Neither texting nor drinking should be mixed with driving if you want to make it home for Christmas safe and penalty free.
However, if you do find yourself facing a possible motoring conviction over the Christmas period, our specialist Solicitors have an excellent track record of representing clients in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, and regularly argue 'special reasons' for not being disqualified or mitigation to reduce any ban to a minimum.
If you do receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) or a Court Summons, it is essential that you act quickly. The process will not go away, so it should not be ignored – any delay could affect your case.
If you require our help, please do not hesitate to contact Sheila Ramshaw on 0191 232 0283 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.