How to report a drink driver
Drink driving kills. Get the facts on how to report a drink driver before they hurt themselves, or someone else.
Drink driving is deadly. In 2017, 8,350 people in the UK were injured by drink drivers – and an additional 250 were killed. Everybody knows that drink driving is against the law. Yet, over 70,000 people are still caught doing it by the police every year.
If someone is convicted of drink driving they face six months in prison, a driving ban for a year, or a hefty fine.
There are strict legal alcohol limits for UK drivers.
However, as Inspector Nick Gamblin, Derbyshire County Partnerships Liaison Officer, advises – if you’re driving it’s best not to drink any alcohol at all.
“It is not possible to say how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the limit,” he says.
“The way alcohol affects you depends on your weight, age, sex and metabolism – as well as the type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking, what you’ve eaten recently and your stress levels at the time.”
“So if you’re driving, it’s better to have none for the road.”
“Trying to talk to someone should only take place if it is felt safe to do so,” says Nick.
So, while it’s a smart idea to talk to a friend about sharing an Uber home, think twice if it’s a stranger – there’s a possibility they might get violent or abusive.
If you’re out at a bar, tell security or bar staff that you’re worried. They’re trained to safely intervene.