The consequences of drink-driving in Scotland

The consequences of drink-driving can be life-changing. The amount you’ve had to drink makes no difference. Whether just over the limit or well over the limit, in the eyes of the law you are still a convicted drunk-driver and a criminal.

Police Scotland stop more than 20,000 drivers every month. So when it comes to drink-driving – the best approach is none.

One drink before driving can:

  • Impair your reactions putting you and others at risk of being involved in an accident
  • Get you a criminal record
  • Mean you’ll lose your licence (for at least a year)
  • Get you an unlimited fine
  • Get your car seized and crushed
  • Possibly put you in prison

On a personal level, a drink-driving conviction can:

  • Lead to unemployment
  • Cause you humiliation and guilt
  • Negatively impact your relationships with family and friends

Remember, if driving the day after drinking:

  • Alcohol stays in your system longer than you think
  • The same consequences apply if you’re caught over the limit the next day
The best approach is none.

Don’t drink and drive.