Drink and Drug Driving - The Penalties
Drug and drink driving offences are viewed by the courts as equally serious, and there is no difference in the penalties applied if you are caught and convicted.
Anyone guilty of drink or drug driving (or failing to provide a specimen for analysis) faces:
- a minimum one year driving ban
- a fine of up to £5000
- up to six months in prison.
- For a second offence, the minimum disqualification is longer
If you are convicted of causing a death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs you face:
- Up to 14 years in prison
- An unlimited fine
- A minimum two year driving ban
You can find a full list of penalties for driving offences on the DirectGov website.