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The consequences

There are strict penalties if you are convicted of drink driving, including:

  • A minimum 12 month driving ban
  • A criminal record
  • A hefty fine (of up to £5,000)
  • Up to six months in prison
  • An endorsement on your licence for 11 years

However, this list does not reflect the everyday consequences of being caught drink driving which can include:

  • Increase in car insurance costs
  • Job loss
  • Trouble getting in to countries like the USA
  • The shame of having a criminal record
  • Loss of independence

The Institute of Advanced Motorists calculate that a drink drive conviction could cost between £20,000 - £50,000 as a result of fines, solicitors fees, increase in car insurance and loss of job.

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