Driving or attempting to drive whilst above the legal limit or failing to give a specimen will result in a maximum 6 month jail sentence & fine of £5,000 plus at least a 12 month disqualification. So be wise and think before you pick up your car keys.
Believe it; alcohol is responsible for most drug-related deaths in the adolescent population. It seriously impairs your ability to react quickly, make good judgements, and drive as well as you might normally. Alcohol is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream; this affects the brain and impairs driving ability. Alcohol also makes it impossible for drivers to assess their own impairment because it creates a false sense of confidence and this means drivers are more liable to take risks and believe they are in control when they are not.
Here is what you can be expecting when caught for drinking and driving: A criminal record, possible loss of livelihood, increase insurance costs, extreme difficulty in hiring a car for around 10 years, legal expenses, and social shame. However, whilst several people recognize that the minimum penalty for drink driving is a 12 month ban, many do not realise how a drink driving conviction can also mean: The loss of your job; A massive increase in insurance premiums when you are able to drive again.
Each person's tolerance to alcohol depends on a variety of factors including: weight, gender, age, metabolism, current stress, levels whether they have eaten recently before drinking alcohol. Therefore the only safe alternative is not to drink alcohol if you plan to drive, and never recommend an alcoholic drink to somebody else who is intending to drive.
The possibility of undergoing medical examinations before you can drive again; Attendance on a drink driver's rehabilitation course; A possible prison sentence (although this is reserved for repeat drink driving offenders or those who have been found to be several times over the drink driving limit) Visa restrictions (particularly in terms of entry to the USA) and on your criminal record the conviction for drink driving remaining on your licence for 11 years.
And more if you are a professional (doctor/accountant/solicitor) you will most likely have to report the conviction to your regulatory body. More than one in four drivers (28%) also confess driving the morning after having a lot to drink, when they are likely to still be over the limit. The effects still increases the danger to all road users, including you.
Of Course, These Are Just Some Of The Things A Person Can Expect When They
Are Convicted Of Drink Driving!
Chances are though, if you are reading this now, you or someone you know have
already been arrested or convicted for drink driving.
Strategy for drink driving is to remind all drivers of the consequences of drink driving, and that a drink driving conviction can ruin your life.
Before I close, I'd like to leave a few more words and pictures to remind those who may wonder why this lens somehow condones drink driving.
Do You Think It Can't Get Any Worse?
Think Again, Because It Can!
All this consequences I named are nothing compared to what you have to face if you kill someone or even ruin someone's life forever.
Who Will Ever Forget Jacqui Saburido?
Jacqui lived the good life. Beautiful and smart,
she studied engineering with hopes of taking over her father's manufacturing business someday.
On September 19, 1999, Jacqui attended a birthday party near Austin, Texas. She and her friends decided to head home after a few hours. Jacqui and her friends, Laura Guerrero, Johan Daal and Johanna Gil, accepted a ride home from a classmate, Natalia Chpytchak Bennett..
Reginald Stephey, a 17-year-old high school student, was on his way home after drinking beer with his friends at a party. On the outskirts of Austin, Stephey's car veered into Bennett's car that was carrying Jacqui and the others Guerrero and Bennett were killed instantly. Gil and Daal were injured but not seriously. Jacqui feet were trapped under the seat and she could not get out. The car caught fire.
Jacqui suffered second and third degree burns to over 60 percent of her body. She survived, reportedly despite the expectations of her doctors. All of her fingers had to be amputated, but there was enough bone left on her thumb to construct an opposable thumb. She lost her hair, ears, nose, lips, left eyelid and much of her vision. She has undergone more than 40 operations since the crash, including cornea transplants, which have restored her left eye, and she has many more to go.
This Is Jacqui Now!
Jacqui allowed graphic post-accident photographs of herself to be
used in the media (posters, TV-commercials, and internet chain mail)
to illustrate a possible outcome of drunk driving.
She is most well known for a commercial in which she holds a pre-accident photo of herself in front of the camera, which she lowers to reveal her disfigured face and says, "This is me, after being hit by a drunk driver. Not everyone who gets hit with a car dies. This picture was taken 4 years after the accident and the doctors are still working on Jacqueline, whose body was covered with 60% severe burnings.
Forgiveness of Stephey
Now 27 years old, Reggie Stephey cannot forgive himself for
driving drunk on that night 10 years ago.
Reggie Stephey was fined $20,000 and sentenced to seven years in prison for two counts of intoxication manslaughter. He's aware of devastating Jacqueline Saburidos life. The look in his eyes tells you he has asked God many times to forgive him, but he cannot forgive himself. May God Have Mercy on him & give him Peace. Jacqui and Stephey met for the first time after his trial and conviction in 2001. Jacqui has stated that Stephey "destroyed my life. Completely" but forgave him. Regarding the meeting, Stephey later stated that "What sticks out in my mind is, 'Reggie, I don't hate you.' It's really touching someone can look you in the eyes and have that much compassion after all that I have caused." Stephey's served his full sentence, having an appeal denied in 2005. He was released from the Huntsville Unit in Texas on June 24, 2008. Jacqui stated: "I don't hate him, I don't feel bad because he's out, he can reconstruct his life again." In a video posted on Metacafe.com, Stephey describes his life since he was incarcerated while Jacqui describes her life after the accident.
Don't Drink and Drive - Jacqueline Saburido
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