Drink driving

  • Drivingforfun's Avatar
    I'm not asking for myself - promise

    I'm just asking out of curiosity after seeing someone doing this earlier today

    Is it legal to drink alcohol while driving?

    I assumed that, as long as you aren't over the limit, it's no different to drinking from a bottle of water or can of pop? I'm not aware of a law explicitly forbidding drinking alcohol while at the wheel

    Thanks!
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    TC1474's Avatar
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    @Drivingforfun

    It is not illegal to drink whilst driving, and that includes alcohol as it is the amount of alcohol in the blood that becomes an issue and every driver reacts differently as the way the body disperses alcohol differs, but there is a caveat other than the excess alcohol debate..

    Drinking a non alcoholic drink in not an offence per se, same as alcohol, however, (and I have reported drivers for the offence) a driver can be reported for failing to maintain proper control of his/her vehicle, and if a crash were to occur or the driver was distracted whilst drinking, then they could easily end up be reported for the more serious offences of careless or dangerous driving.

    By taking a drink of any sort whilst behind the wheel opens up all sorts of issues which could be costly in more ways than one.
  • Mark07's Avatar
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    I vaguely remember a story of a driver who was fined for taking a sip of a soft drink whilst stopped at traffic lights.

    I suspect there was more to it than that, but it's a story that always stuck in my mind.
  • TC1474's Avatar
    I vaguely remember a story of a driver who was fined for taking a sip of a soft drink whilst stopped at traffic lights.

    I suspect there was more to it than that, but it's a story that always stuck in my mind.

    It is more common than you think and not just drinking but eating as well.