Drink and Drug Driving

By drinking and driving, you risk your life, your passengers and other people on the road.

If you believe someone is driving whilst impaired, please act immediately. Phone Thames Valley Police directly on 101 or text 80999 with all the details of the vehicle, driver, location and times. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111

It is important to understand the implications and penalties of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol and drugs:

Penalties for drug-driving

If you're convicted of drug-driving you may get:

  • A minimum 1-year driving ban.
  • An unlimited fine.
  • Up to 6 months in prison.
  • A criminal record.
  • Your driving licence will also show you've been convicted for drug-driving for 11 years.

The penalty for causing death by dangerous driving under the influence of drugs is a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

Penalties for drink-driving

If you're convicted for drink-driving you may get:

  • 6 months' imprisonment.
  • An unlimited fine.
  • A ban from driving for at least 1 year.

Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink may get you 14 years' imprisonment, an unlimited fine, ban from driving for at least 2 years and an extended driving test before your licence is returned.

Penalties for refusing a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis:

  • 6 months imprisonment.
  • An unlimited fine.
  • A ban from driving for at least 1 year.

Morning After Campaign

Transport for Buckinghamshire are supporting The 'Morning After campaign'.

The 'Morning After' drink drive campaign aims to make people aware of the risk of driving the morning after drinking and is designed to help normally responsible people avoid the risk of a drink drive conviction - or worse still, cause a collision or casualties while 'over the limit' - by highlighting how long it takes for alcohol to pass through the body.

To download the 'Morning After' Calculator app and for more information about the campaign visit: http://morning-after.org.uk.

Please note this app it not intended to help you work out how much you can drink on a night out before driving home.

Drug Driving

It is against the law to drive under the influence of illegal drugs, or if you have certain drugs above a specified level in your blood.

Similar to drink driving, the police have a roadside test that makes it easier to detect those who are driving under the influence of illegal drugs.

You don't have to be on illegal drugs to be impaired to drive - prescription or over-the-counter medicines can also impair your ability to drive. If you're taking medicines, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional before driving.