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Women Being Prosecuted For Drink Driving Offences On The Rise

Drink driving has fallen in recent years but there has been an increase in convictions of female drivers. Men seemed to have heeded the warnings but there are more women willing to risk getting in the car after a few drinks.

The number of women convicted of drink driving has almost doubled in the past 15 years with the majority of those being over 30 years of age. Women breath-tested after an accident were more likely to have a very high alcohol level if they were over 40.

Pressures of modern life have been blamed for the increase in female drivers driving over the limit. Women who admitted to driving after a drink cited reasons such as unexpectedly needing to pick up a teenage child, being out with a partner who, after being the designated driver, then said they were over the limit, to those who didn’t want to risk late night transport.

Many women don’t realise quite how little they need to drink to be well over the legal drink drive limit. And it varies from person to person depending on size, metabolism, tolerance to alcohol as well as many other factors.

One study experimented with five women who drank varying amounts of alcohol usually and who were all different sizes and shapes. They all drank one large glass of wine (250ml) and after half an hour measurements were taken using a breathalyser. The results came back that varied between being twice over the drink-drive limit to being way under. All from the same amount of alcohol consumed.

There is no failsafe way of knowing how much alcohol consumed will put you over the legal limit. The general message from campaign groups is that if you have had any amount of alcohol, don’t get into the driver’s seat.

But alcohol can also affect you the morning after a heavy drinking session, or if your last drink was late and you’re up early to drive. Many people are stopped the morning after drinking with alcohol still in their systems. Just because your last drink was a few hours ago and you’ve slept since, it doesn’t mean the alcohol is out of your system. If in doubt, don’t get in the car.

It can take, on average, 1 hour for a unit of alcohol to leave your system. To put this into perspective one standard glass (175ml) of average strength wine is 2.1 units so it will take over 2 hours for the alcohol to leave your system. If you’ve had a bottle of wine, roughly 4 glasses, it will take nearly 8 and a half hours to leave your body.

If you’re facing a drink driving offence you need expert legal advice as quickly as possible. Call us 24/7 on freephone 0808 175 7998 or alternatively contact us online and we will call you.

Slater and Gordon Lawyers have 1,450 staff and offices in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Sheffield, Newcastle, Halifax, Wakefield, Merseyside, Cambridge, Derby and meeting rooms in Bramhall, Cheshire and in Hull, Yorkshire.


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