‘Tis the Season to be Jolly – Unless you are caught Drink Driving.

As the Christmas season approaches and work comes to an end for the year, the drinks begin to flow and celebrations commence. We could not think of a better way to celebrate the Festive Period than with a drink in our hands, however here at Emery Johnson Astills Solicitors we know all too well about the consequences of decisions to get behind a wheel after ‘a few’ drinks.


Every year you can expect to see an advert on the television surrounding the consequences of Drink Driving and this year is no different. The advert from the Department of Transports Think! Campaign aims to target anyone who thinks it will be okay to drive after ‘a few’ drinks. Studies conducted show that 1 in 10 people would consider getting behind a wheel after having two drinks or more. If as a result of your decision you choose to get behind the wheel and are stopped by the Police then we at Emery Johnson Astills Solicitors will be able to provide you with specialist legal advice.


Although UK accidents rates have fallen significantly in the recent years, consequences of seriously injuring or killing someone as a result of a drink drive collision are still quite high. More than 3,000 people annually are fatally injured or seriously hurt due to a drink driving crash and the numbers are generally spiked over the Christmas Period.

There are strict alcohol limits for UK drivers:

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the legal alcohol limit for drivers is:

  • 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
  • 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood

However it is virtually impossible to say to how much alcohol you can drink to still fall below the legal limit, as there are many ways alcohol can affect you, including;

  • your weight, age, sex and metabolism (the rate your body uses energy)
  • the type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking
  • what you’ve eaten recently
  • medication you are taking

If you find yourself arrested for this offence, or any other offence Emery Johnson Astills Solicitors can help throughout the course of the proceedings, from the Police Station through to a Court Case. We offer professional legal advice and have specialist solicitors who deal with Driving Offences.

Emery Johnson Astills are experts in criminal law, and are able to assist 24 hours of the day whether at the police station or at Court. If you need advice or assistance from the criminal department at Emery Johnson Astills, please contact us on 0116 255 4855.