Don’t Drink and Drive! The Legal Limits, the Risks, and Advice if Arrested
What happens if you are caught driving “over the limit”?
This is what you face –
- Immediate arrest and detention
- A compulsory blood test
- Prosecution in court (facing substantial penalties, including imprisonment for serious cases)
- If you have caused a death you could well be charged with murder rather than just culpable homicide
- Suspension of your driver’s licence
- A criminal record (you can only apply for expungement after 10 years)
- Whatever happens in court, if you hurt or kill someone else that’s going to be on your conscience. Drunk driving is a choice you make and you will live with the consequences.
- The obvious one – don’t drive after drinking. The limits are (blood) 0,05 gram alcohol per 100 millilitres or (breath) 0,24 milligrams per 1,000 millilitres. Note that lower limits apply to professional drivers (0,02 gram and 0,10 milligrams respectively).
- Remember that many of the online advice columns on how much it’s safe to drink without exceeding the limit are approximations only – stay well under the recommended number of drinks!
- If you don’t have a “designated driver” in your group, use a taxi, Uber, Taxify, Home Drive service etc – convenient, cheap, easy, and responsible.