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Drink Driving Ban

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A survey conducted by LV insurance with the Ministry of Justice shows one in twenty motorists escape disqualification in certain areas of the UK.

Last year 55,539 motorists were convicted of drink driving with 1480 people escaping the ban, London and Suffolk are the most lenient with 4.7% avoiding the disqualification.

Cumbria and Warwickshire showed a lower figure of a 1.3% failure to be disqualified, the most common reason for drink driving is driving relating to an emergency or under duress.

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said: “Drink driving is such a serious offence that one hundred per cent of those convicted should lose their licence, Sentencing should be consistent.

“We need to know why people are not being disqualified and why there is such a postcode lottery on disqualification rates.

“Drink drivers should not be allowed to plead exceptional circumstances.”

A new offence ‘Causing Serious Injury By Dangerous Driving’ introduced by the justice secretary Kenneth Clarke last week could see motorists if convicted sentenced to a maximum sentence of five years in prison and allowed courts to impose tough punishments for people who devastate the lives of others.

If caught drinking and driving you can expect to have a criminal record, minimum of 12 month ban or minimum of three years if you have a previous driving ban with the past ten years, there could be a possible prison sentence and a fine of up to £5,000.

Figures for 2010 from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents show that 8 people are killed every week due to drink driving.

It also showed that 250 people were killed with over 1,200 seriously injured, which means 30 people lose their life every week from drink driving accidents.

Although it is a problem all year round the winter months have a lower amount of drink driving accidents compared to other months in the year.

It is currently illegal to drive a motor vehicle with more than 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath (BRAC of 35ug/100ml) or 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (BAC of 80mg/100ml).

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By Amanda Bainbridge