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When will you be safe to drive?

You have had a good night out (or in) and have no plans to drive, but the following morning you may need to get to work or take the children to school. Are you really safe to drive?

Many people are unaware of just how long it takes to expel alcohol out of your system. You may feel ok but in fact you could still be over the legal limit .

For instance:

You have been drinking wine and a large glass (250ml) of 15% abv would take 4 hours to be removed from your system. The wine would not be absorbed immediately, it takes about an hour. After all you don't feel the effects straight away do you?

So if you drank 3 glasses this would mean 3, 250ml glasses x 4hrs per glass +1hr =13hrs before you would be safe to drive.

If you pour your own you will probably be more genorous,so it is even more difficult to calculate how many units you have consumed.

Need to grab a cab?

If you need to take a taxi we have a list of licensed private hire operators who should only take bookings.

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If you need to hail a cab then only use official hackney carriages who are licensed to pick up on demand.

What's the punishment if I get caught drink driving?

Anyone caught and convicted of drink driving will be banned from the road for at least 12 months and fined up to £5000.You could also be sent to prison for up to 6 months. Imprisonment , the period of disqualification and size of fine depend on the seriousness of the offence.

If you are caught drink driving more than once in a 10yr period you will be banned for at least 3 years.

The consequences on your life could be extensive, not only would you have a conviction on your licence for 11yrs ,you could lose your job if you depend on your vehicle.