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Drink / Drug Driving

Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is illegal and a major contributor to the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads of Sussex. 

It is an offence to drive whilst unfit through alcohol or drugs

The Facts

  • It is not possible to say how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the limit.  The way alcohol affects you depends on:-

      • Your weight, age, sex and metabolism (the rate your body uses energy)
      • The type and amount of alcohol you're drinking
      • What you have eaten recently
      • Your stress levels at the time

If you are driving, its better to have NONE for the road

  • Officers can test for cannabis and cocaine at the roadside.  Officers can also screen for other drugs (including ecstasy, acid, ketamine and heroin at the police station.  Even if you pass the roadside check, you can still be arrested if the police suspect that your driving is impaired by drugs.  

If you drive whist using drugs, you are out of your mind

The consequences

There are strict penalties if you are convicted of drink/drug driving, including:

  • a minimum 12 month driving ban
  • a criminal record
  • a hefty fine
  • up to 6 months in prison
  • an endorsement on your licence for 11 years

However, this list does not reflect the everyday consequences of being caught drink/drug driving which can include:

  • increase in car insurance costs
  • job loss
  • trouble getting in to countries like the USA
  • the shame of having a criminal record
  • loss of independence

There's always an alternative                  

Most drink drivers don't plan to break the law. Make sure you don't become another statistic; here are some ways to avoid drinking and driving:                 

  • Book a taxi. To make sure you get one, book it as early as in the evening.
  • At the start of the night agree who's driving and not drinking. Look after the designated driver. 
  • Use public transport to get home.
  • Don't get into a car driven by someone else who's been drinking.
  • Help us to take known drink drivers off the road
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