Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The Official Highway Code: alcohol

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The Official Highway Code: alcohol

Alcohol

The Highway Code applies to 
England, Scotland and Wales 
and is essential reading for 
everyone.

Rule 95

Do not drink and drive as it will seriously affect your judgement and abilities. You MUST NOT drive with a breath alcohol level higher than 35 microgrammes/100 millilitres of breath or a blood alcohol level of more than 80 milligrammes/100 millilitres of blood. Alcohol will:

  • give a false sense of confidence.
  • reduce co-ordination and slow down reactions.
  • affect judgement of speed, distance and risk.
  • reduce your driving ability, even if you’re below the legal limit.
  • take time to leave your body; you may be unfit to drive in the evening after drinking at lunchtime, or in the morning after drinking the previous evening.
The best solution is not to drink at all when planning to drive because any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely. If you are going to drink, arrange another means of transport.

Law RTA 1988 sects 4, 5 & 11(2)



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