You could be fined £2,500 at Christmas for doing this simple thing while intoxicated

There is a simple act that could land motorists with a huge £2,500 fine or prison time over Christmas. Drivers should be wary that even this small breach of UK law could get them in real trouble

Many Brits are unaware of the simple rule that could land you with hefty fines
Many Brits are unaware of the simple rule that could land you with hefty fines

A simple but common action could land motorists with a large fine, or even jail time, this Christmas.

Fines are the last thing anyone wants ahead of Christmas, what with all the last-minute shopping still to do, food to prepare and family to see.

However, it can only take one simple act with a car to ruin all of this, in breach of the Highway Code and UK law.

The same rule could also lead to prison time and the potential of a driving ban.

Many Brits are unaware of the rule, despite the fact that it could eventually land them in trouble with the authorities.

So what is the rule and how can it be avoided?

How could I be fined?

Standing by your car could land you with a large fine


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An act as simple as standing by your car could land you with a hefty fine.

Car insurance site Vanarama discovered that standing by your car while drunk can result in three months’ imprisonment, up to £2,500 in fines and a possible driving ban.

The law regarding drink-driving in England refers to “being in control of a motor vehicle”, so this includes being in the vicinity of your car, van or lorry.

If it can be proven that you were intending to drive after a few too many festive drinks, then it can land you in serious trouble.

Your motivation can be proven by appointments listed in your diary or the time of day it is, so if you need to go to work.

Drink-driving at Christmas

Drink-driving in the UK is a real problem and Christmas doesn’t help


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Drink-driving in the UK is a real problem and there is concern that not enough people know what an unacceptable level of alcohol in their blood is.

A survey by Vanarama revealed that a worrying number of people are unaware their evening drink may be too much for them.

They said: “The responses show that one in five UK adults – or eight million drivers – have no clue that it takes just two small glasses of wine to take your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) beyond the England, Wales and Northern Ireland limit of 0.08%, or 80mg of alcohol for every 100ml of blood.

“Worse still is that nearly a third of respondents believe a glass of champagne with the Christmas Day roast would have no effect on their ability to drive.

“Against the UK driving population (36 million), that means just over 10 million drivers could be risking it this year.”

They estimated that, if this survey is applied to the whole population, around 19 million people could either be the driver or passenger in a car that is being driven under the influence of alcohol on Christmas Day.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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