It’s that time of year again, endless Christmas Parties with copious amounts of alcohol being consumed in an effort to be in the festive spirit.


With the Christmas cheer being at a high,  the number of people being stopped for Drink Driving at this time of year also reaches peak numbers.


Over the 2015 Christmas Period, South Wales Police carried out 4405 breath tests which saw 205 people testing positive or failing to provide. Across the whole of Wales 22,811 motorists were tested. 


Police forces across Wales have now commenced their 2016 Christmas Drink Drive Campaign, which will take effect between December 1st 2016 and January 1st 2017. Police officers will be conducting road side breath tests with a view to exceeding last year’s figure.


The offence of Drink Driving is contrary to Section 5 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. The limit for Drink Driving in England and Wales is:

35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath


80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood


107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine


Should you be Charged and Convicted of an offence of Drink Driving, you can expect the following:

  • A Criminal Record
  • A minimum 12 months driving ban or minimum 3 year ban if you have a previous relevant drink driving conviction within the past 10 years
  • The possibility of a short spell in prison (up to 6 months)
  • The possibility of receiving a community order (this can include: unpaid work, curfew and/or supervision orders)
  • The possibility of a largefine
  • Your car insurance premiums will usually be higher once you get your driving licence back for a minimum period of 5 years after a drink driving related conviction
  • A Drink Driving (DR10) driving licence endorsement that will remain on your driving licence for a period of 11 years from the date of conviction
  • The possibility of losing your job and all the financial worries and difficulties resulting from a loss of income


Should you find yourself facing a Court Appearance for the offence of Drink Driving, do not hesitate to contact a member of our Criminal Team on 01446 410000 or 07831 509 272, A member of the team will provide you with expert advice and  also provide representation at Court if required.