Drivers could be fined £2,500 just for standing next to a car after Christmas drink

Drink driving: UK police send warning after increase in arrests

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Drivers should be especially careful this Christmas after a tipple or two, because under English law it’s possible to be heavily fined if standing next to a car while inebriated. That’s because if police think you show any intent to start driving they can arrest you. And a three month jail term is a possibility.

Other indicators that you might intend to operate a vehicle after drinking include:

Being inside a vehicle but not in the driver’s seat

Having the keys in the ignition

Or simply having a reason to drive, such as needing to get to an appointment.

Actually driving the car while drunk carries much heavier punishment however.

Doing so carries the threat of six months in prison, unlimited fines and a year-long ban.

Should the worst happen and death is caused by drink driving, the punishments are a possible 14 year jail term, unlimited fines and a two-year minimum ban.

But many drivers in the UK are completely unaware of the current alcohol limits.

According to lease company Vanarama, 28 percent of 1,000 motorists surveyed were unaware that drinking champagne with a roast at Christmas would put them over the alcohol limit for driving in the UK.

22 percent, or eight million drivers, were unaware that two small glasses of wine would put them over the limit.

And 15 percent of drivers didn’t think two pints of lager would see them over the maximum for driving.

Even driving the next day after drinking has its own rules and regulations to follow.

The research showed that some six million drivers risk being over the limit the morning after a Christmas night out.

When asked if 12 hours was enough to stabilise blood alcohol concentration after eight cans of cider, one in seven wrongly answered ‘yes’.

After a glass of wine, drinkers should wait five hours before driving.

For a double vodka, or a pint of cider, it’s four hours and three and a half hours for a pint of lager.

According to the charity Drinkaware, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of just 0.05 percent (around a pint and a half of lager) are three times more likely to die in a car crash.

Those with the level of an equivalent to around three to four pints of lager are eleven times more likely to be killed in a crash.

While figures have dropped in recent years, 7,800 were killed or injured in accidents involving at least one driver over the limit in 2019.

This Christmas, it’s thought up to 10million British motorists could unknowingly drive while still under the influence.

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