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Top Tips for Driving Over the Christmas Party Season

By Practice Group Leader, Road Traffic Defence

The Christmas party season always means that our Driving Offence Solicitors are very busy with new enquiries from people who have been stopped by the Police whilst out driving late at night.

It is often the case that they are on their way back from a Christmas party and may well have not consumed any alcohol at all.  

Top Tips for Driving Over the Christmas Holidays

  1. If detained by the Police either at the roadside or at the Police Station always provide an evidential breath specimen if asked.  You cannot place conditions on this and you cannot delay the procedure until you have had access to a Lawyer.  Just do it, or at least make your best efforts to do so.
     
  2. If offered a blood or urine specimen, always take this up (it is not for you to choose which sample you provide, it is for the Police to do so, but), you should always accept this offer if it is made. However, you will not always be offered the option of providing a blood or urine specimen and you do not have the automatic right to request one. 

  3. Exercise your legal rights to representation. Never be in a rush to get out of the Police Station, if the Police wish to interview you, always ensure that you take up the offer of free and independent legal advice in person at the Police Station and in interview. There may be a delay, whilst you wait for the Lawyer to arrive at the police station, but it will be worth it.  

  4. When being booked into the Police Station, if you have any medical conditions or are taking medication, be sure to inform the Police when asked, this could be very relevant later on.  

  5. Finally, once released from the Police Station, always contact an expert Driving Offence Solicitor for further legal advice as to how best to proceed with your case. 

Paul Reddy is a Driving Offence Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers which have a 93% positive result rate defending traffic offences. For a free initial consultation about a motoring or speeding offence, call Slater and Gordon Lawyers 24/7 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.