The consequences of drink driving in Scotland

The penalties for drink driving range from mild to severe. In fact, the consequences for drink driving can often be life changing. Here’s some info on what to expect should you get charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The consequences

Aside from the criminal penalties, being charged with drink (or drug) driving can have a devastating effect on your life and your career. Not to mention the risk you’re posing to other people’s lives as well as your own.

Criminal penalties for driving over the limit

  • Disqualification or loss of licence for at least a year
  • Points on your driving licence
  • Fine of up to £5000 for driving, attempting to drive or refusing a breath test
  • Criminal record
  • Prison sentence
  • Car taken away for good

The penalty really depends on the severity of the case. At the end of the day, everybody knows that drink driving is against the law so there’s really no excuse.

It doesn’t matter how much or how little you’ve had

The amount of drink you’ve had 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 the consequences are exactly the same. And if caught driving over the limit the next morning, you also face the same consequences as if you had been caught the night before.

Drink and drug driving kills

‘Just one drink’ could lead to serious consequences. Causing death by dangerous driving while under the influence of drink or drugs will result in a minimum 2-year driving ban and up to 14 years in prison with an unlimited fine.

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