Drink Driving and the morning after
I guy I know (an ex copper ironically) has just been banned for drink driving. He blew a reading of 72 (limit being 35) after bouncing his car into a ditch.
He is trying to gather sympathy by claiming he was still over the limit from the night before, I reckon this is balls. If he was drinking pints and stopped at say midnight, how many would have have had to have to still be blowing that reading at 5pm the next day?
Idiot.Posted 4 years agosamuriMember
Still get no sympathy from me. It’s a well known fact you can still be over the next day and the police in numerous counties are running campaigns specifically about being drunk the next morning.
To answer your question, two units in a pint, you lose a unit an hour so if he’d if he had 5 pints worth in his system at midnight he could still be that much over.Posted 4 years agoLegomanMember
I’m not a huge drinker but these kind of stories scare the shit out of me as I genuinely have no idea how much would put me over the limit the next day.
Is there a rough rule of thumb? I’ve heard it takes 1 unit per hour to pass through the body, but over the course of an evening you’d drink a number of units over several hours, so how’d you work it out? Does anyone bother?Posted 4 years ago
It’s a tough one. I reckon most people who have a license and drink, have probably driven over the limit at some stage in their lives. Bit of a hangover after a heavy night? Drive to work? You may well have been over the limit. I’ve never checked obviously, but I would say I’ve done it, albeit not knowingly. Which, of course, and rightly so, is no defense whatsoever. I have slightly more sympathy for someone who is caught the morning after, than the night before. Nowadays, we all know we could be breathalysed after the smallest mistake while driving so it’s foolish to get in the car hungover and possibly over he limit. If I’m in any doubt now, I just make a call and say I’m not driving for a few hours.Posted 4 years ago
I agree, I reckon he was drinking the day he got done. It wasn’t morning after, it was 17hr after, which is Enough time to burn off roughly 8 pints. That means he would have had to of had more than 8pints in his system at midnight, and over the course of a session he would have burnt a few off.
No sympathy from me at at all. Only saving grace is that he did not kill anyone.Posted 4 years agoste_tMember
You break down approx one unit per hour but doesn’t start until an hour after you finish your last drink.
An ex-employee of mine got banned for drink driving. When he attended a course to reduce his ban by six months every single other person on the course had been caught over the limit the morning after a night out.Posted 4 years ago
An ex-employee of mine got banned for drink driving. When he attended a course to reduce his ban by six months every single other person on the course had been caught over the limit the morning after a night out.
Maybe those cases are the ones where the polis think folk are not beyond redemption? Kinda like the speed awareness course you might get offered for 37 in a 30 but maybe not for, say, 70 in a 40. (just guessing…)Posted 4 years ago
Thread title reads better than approximately 17 hours after, morning after is something that we can relate to
Even if you finished your last pint at closing time, 17 hours is still late afternoon/early evening which, despite not being as saucy as “the morning after”, is a bit of a stretch. 😛Posted 4 years agoBoardinBobSubscriber
Have just bought a DIY breathaliser from the internet
Are the ones you have to buy to drive in France any good? Personally I don’t drive the next day if I’ve had any more than 4 beers. Certainly leave a twelve hour gap if I’ve had 1 to 4 beers. I wouldn’t rely on a breathilser but its more curiosity about the lingering effectsPosted 4 years ago
I’m surprised he got done being an ex coppa.
At my previous job we did work for the police vehicles, the pursuit ones.
One week i noticed one of the regulars had stopped coming in. He showed up one day after being driven in. Turns out he had been bubbled by a co-worker and breath tested in the morning at work (having driven in) and found to be 5 times over the limit….
He got a 2 month ban! Absolute joke. My neighbor drink drives 6 days a week, he’s been reported by myself and two other neighbors in the region of 10+ times and the cops have done jack about it. I walk past his place in the morning and he’s normally so pssed he can barley walk to his car let alone drive it.Posted 4 years agoSue_WMember
A young friend of mine spent the previous night drinking at a party, went off to bed, and mid-morning set off in her car. Collision with another car, and she was found to be over the limit from the night before.
She would have deeply regretted it, if she had known, but tragically she died on impact.
Please think very carefully about how much you’ve had to drink the night before, the consequences can be devastating.Posted 4 years agoscaredypantsSubscriber
Very very roughly, and subject to lots of variables:
Call it about one unit per hour (or 2-3 hours per pint) starting from shortly after his first drink
Remember that you would “pass” a breathalyser on VERY approximately 5 units or so still in the system, so for a 5pm fail, assuming he started drinking at 8.30pm, that’s total metabolising time of about 20 hours. That means he’d need 25+ units intake, which is “only” 8-10 pints of ordinary beer (4-4.5%)
Relatively easily done for quite a few folk, I’d say, and being over at 9 the next morning is a doddlePosted 4 years ago
Driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit or unfit through drink
You may get:
6 months’ imprisonment
up to £5,000 fine
a driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years)
So the answer is no they ‘would’ have not have been, they may have been.
Chances are being a Police officer he’d know what to say to get the sentence reduced.Posted 4 years agocrankboyMember
offroading if he got a two month ban it was not for drink drive maybe but unlikely to be for drunk in charge , my guess is he got a 2 month suspension from driving police pursuit vehicles at work.
It is also a crime to drive when impaired by drink you can be guilty of that even if you blow under the limit .
If the bloke in the op blew 72 he was about twice the legal limit and unless a high functioning alcoholic well aware he was not fit to be driving.Posted 4 years ago
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