Drink Driving Penalties

If you are charged and found guilty of a drink driving offence your punishment can depend on the circumstances of your offence. Sixt has provided a list of drink driving penalties below:

 

  • If you are in charge of a vehicle whilst above the legal limit of alcohol you can get 3 months imprisonment, a fine of up to £2500 and a possible driving ban.
  • Driving or attempting to drive whilst above the legal limit of alcohol can get you 6 months imprisonment, a fine of up to £5000 and a driving ban of at least 1 year.
  • If you fail to provide a specimen of breath, urine or blood for analysis you can get 6 months imprisonment, a fine up to £5000 and a driving ban for at least 1 year.
  • Causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of alcohol can result in 14 years imprisonment, an unlimited fine, a driving ban of at least 2 years and an extended driving test before your licence is returned.

You won’t get your licence back at the end of your suspension if you are considered a high risk offender. You are a high risk offender if:

 

  • You have been convicted of drink driving twice within 10 years.
  • You were driving when you were at least 2.5 times over the legal alcohol limit.
  • You refused to give the police a breath, blood or urine sample.
  • You refused to allow a sample of your blood to be tested for alcohol.

 

* Please note: All information was correct at the time of publication.