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Drink Or Drug Driving Offences

Drink Or Drug Driving Offences

Drink or drug driving offences carries a DR code on your licence, these codes range from DR10 – DR90 this goes up in sets of 10s such as DR20, DR30 and DR40 etc. The higher your conviction number the more seriously you have offended, for instance if you have a DR90 then it would be the most serious drink or drug driving offence. Drink and drug driving offences also carry points of up to 3-11 which can be extremely serious as with a full UK licence you start on 12 points so if the maximum points get taken then you can be left with a single point on your licence.

When you are suspected of drink driving by the police you will be tested in one of three ways, blood, breathe and urine. Here is a statement on the law of drink driving…

“In the UK, the alcohol limit for drivers is 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath or 107 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine. In most other European countries, the limit is less, usually 50 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood.”

The breakdown of the DR convictions are:

DR10 – Driving or attempting to drive with above the alcohol limit (3-11 points)
DR20 – Driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink, this is slightly more serious as this means you are majorly over the drink driving limit.(3-11 points)
DR30 – Driving or attempting to drive whilst suspected to be over the limit but failing to supply a specimen (3-11 points)
DR40 – In charge of a vehicle while alcohol level is above the limit (10 points)
DR50 – In charge of a vehicle whilst unfit through drinking (10 points)
DR60 – Failure to provide a specimen for analysis in circumstances other than driving or attempting to drive. (10 points)
DR70 – Failing to provide specimen for breath test (4 points)
DR80 – Driving or attempting to drive when unfit through drugs (3-11 points)
DR90 – In charge of a vehicle when unfit through drugs (10 points)

The most common form of drink driving conviction that we hear of is a DR10. When getting a drink or drug driving conviction you can be banned from driving for up to 12 months and if it is within your first two years of driving you may have to retake your test afterwards.


Can You Hire With A Drink Driving Conviction?


Car hire with a DR10-90 is different to anything in terms of law, for insurance purposes if you have a DR conviction on your licence you can not hire a car until it has been 5 years from the conviction date or from when you get your licence back after you ban. This apply for everywhere within the UK and other countries and is the industry standard so all major car hire companies will have this requirement.

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