drink driving


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drink driving

The preferred UK term for driving under the influence of alcohol. The US equivalent is drunk driving, driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Statistics (UK)
10% of all accidents with injury are caused by excess alcohol; 33% (66% if between 10 pm and 4 am on Friday and Saturday nights) of all drivers and motorcyclists killed have blood alcohol levels over the legal limit of 80 mg/100 ml. At double the legal limit, the relative accident risk is 20 times greater than that of a sober driver.
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Those charged include: Kristoffer Davies, 57, of Walwick, Northumberland, |charged with drink driving in Hexham on December 1.
Across the country, an average of 1,000 under-18s have been convicted of drink driving every year since 2008.
But the force will also be keeping an eye out for bad driving following New Year's parties and is reminding drivers that anyone caught drink driving will be banned from the road for at least 12 months, fined up to PS5,000 and could start 2014 behind bars.
Michael James Stirzaker, 23, of Aviemore Road, Hemlington, Middlesbrough, banned from driving for 36 months, given a one-year community order and ordered to pay pounds 40 costs for drink driving.
John Murphy, 48, of Redcar Road West, South Bank, banned from driving for 12 months and fined pounds 100 for drink driving.
Craig Marcus Lawrence, 38, of Darwin Court, Hardwick, Stockton, banned from driving for 18 months and fined pounds 265 with pounds 15 costs for drink driving, having no insurance, driving without an appropriate licence and failing to stop a moving vehicle for a PC.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, said: "Public attitudes towards drink driving have shifted dramatically, yet people are still being killed and injured by those who continue to take this inexcusable risk.
CADD chairman Carole Whittingham said: "Every year lives are ruined because of drink driving.
Christopher Robert Laverick, 32, of Laurel Avenue, Middlesbrough, banned from driving for 18 months and fined pounds 250 with pounds 60 costs for drink driving.
According to the Campaign Against Drink Driving (Cadd) any reduction in the limit would save thousands of lives.
Sheriff Jack McGowan said yesterday: "I've never come across someone with five drink driving convictions before
Transport Secretary Alastair Darling with Coronation Street star Sally Lindsey, who plays Shelley Unwin, on the set of the Rovers Return Pub at the launch of the Government's Christmas drink driving campaign.