Category : Drink drive awareness courses In Scotland
Drink Drive Awareness Courses
Reducing the length of your ban through Drink Drive Awareness Courses
The court reduce the length that you’re banned from driving if you complete the course within a certain time. The ban is usually reduced by a quarter.
Deciding to take a Drink Drive Awareness Course
You have to decide in court, when you are found guilty and if offered a referral, if you want to take a course or not. You won’t be able to change your mind at a later date.
Before going to court you can find a course that you want to be referred to if you are found guilty and banned from driving.
Alcohol alters people perceptions and decisions. People under the influence of alcohol will readily confess that they take chances that they wouldn’t do when they are sober and too often, those chances prove to be disastrous when made behind the wheel of a vehicle. It is estimated that the risk of a driver being killed while under the influence of alcohol is eleven times greater compared to those drivers who don’t have alcohol in their system.
The Effects of Alcohol
Alcohol is absorbed in the bloodstream through small blood vessels found in the walls of the stomach and within minutes, it travels from there to the brain where it produces the following effects:
- Alters the vision – Slows eye muscle function. Visual movements and perception changes resulting to a blurred vision.
- Cuts your Concentration – Decreases your sharpness and reduces your attention. Drowsiness is highly likely to occur.
- Delayed Reaction Time – Slower your reflexes which decreases your ability to respond to situations.
- Disorientation – Decreases your hand and foot coordination.
- Unable to track objects – Reduces your ability to judge an objects proximity and speed
When you take account all of these effects, it is obvious that drinking and driving is not a good mix. We all know it and in Scotland it is clear that drink driving is socially unacceptable. We are often asked in the new drink drive limit has increased the amount of cases we have for drink driving. The answer is no. If anything our case load for drink driving has reduced. We reckon this is because of social pressure and the fact that drivers now completely understand that any drink driving, even one drink is really unacceptable. The message seems to be getting through. The other side of that coin is that businesses have been devastated by the new behavior that is now happening in Scotland. Golf Clubs, community clubs, restaurants that rely on lunchtime sales, pubs that rely on food sales have all been badly affected by the drink drive limit reduction.
Let’s say you did go driving when you’ve had a drink. You suddenly hear the sound of the siren and see those unmistakable blue flashing lights. What happens next?
- Suspicion – The car is pulled over because the driver exhibits signs of suspicious driving.
- Signs – The officer smells any odor of alcohol and the driver displays symptoms of alcohol intoxication which includes general confusion and slurred speech. The driver will then be made to exit the car.
- Tests – The officer will make the driver perform a sobriety testing. If the driver failed to demonstrate proper motor skills, the officer will ask permission to perform a Blood Alcohol Content Test or BAC test. This is to measure the amount of alcohol in a person’s system.
- Result – If the driver fails this test, it will result to legal charges. This will be a good time to contact the best road traffic expert in your area but you are unlikely to have their number available UNLESS you have the foresight to note their telephone number when you are doing your research. Why not put our number into your mobile right now 0800 612 9597
If YOU need a road traffic lawyer in Scotland feel free to call us on 0800 612 9597 and we will be pleased to meet with you and advise you on the percentage chance of us winning your case and the strengths and weaknesses of your position.
Making a Decision
It is a conscious choice to drink and drive or to put down the keys and take a taxi instead.
Educating members of our community through Drink Drive Awareness courses is a good way to prevent fatalities and injuries involving vehicular accidents. But for those who are facing a charge and a mandatory ban, get in touch today. We will provide you with a free case consultation to explain face to face what we can do for you to limit the damage and deal with this case in a discrete manner that avoids hassle and stress.
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You’ll be given a ‘certificate of course completion’ by the course provider when you complete the course. They will also send a copy to the court that sentenced you.
The court will tell DVLA so that your ban is reduced.
You’ll need to reapply for a driving licence and take a medical if you’re a ‘high risk offender’. You should check to see if you’re a high risk offender as the court may not have mentioned this. Check with your course provider if you’re unsure.