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a research question by mrsteabag on 22 August 2008 5:38pm
Dear ones in the UK, I need your help! I'm writing a novel. Parts take place on your side of the pond. One of the characters gets prosecuted for drunk driving. What I need to know is 1. what's the legal limit and 2. if someone got himself bombed enough to make a left turn into a tree, tear his car in half, and by some act of grace walk away unharmed but not remember it, what kind of sentencing guidelines would be in effect? Thanks, dear ones!
Re: a research question by bIG bLOGGER on 22 August 2008 5:57pm
Alcohol limits (when driving) vary in England,Scotland and Wales.
In the envisaged circumstance you describe,I imagine he(or she)would be prosecuted for both driving whilst over the legal limit(ie intoxicated) and dangerous driving.If no person(s)was injured,they could be fined,have their licence endorsed or lose their licence for a stipulated period.

If you're writing a novel,you will probably want to explore one or two real-life occurrences.One infamous one was in Sept.1977,when MARC BOLAN and girlfriend GLORIA JONES were driving back from Morton's drinking club..Bolan was only a passenger in the purple mini.
The driver,Miss Jones,failed to negotiate a small hump-back bridge near Barnes,and the car careered into a sycamore tree,killing Bolan instantly,and leaving Gloria with a broken jaw and a broken arm.(See:Wikipedia:Marc Bolan/death)
The scene of this accident became a shrine for fans of T.Rex. Bolan himself never learned to drive,although he owned several cars,including a white Rolls Royce.Some wags with a dark sense of humour used to spin this story as that Gloria was trying to chase a fox or a squirrel. But obviously-more prosaically-it was a tragic case of the result of driving whilst heavily under the influence of alcohol.
Re: a research question by tucsonmike on 22 August 2008 7:10pm
Mrsteabag, you are a writer, so am I!
Thanx Pete for the answer. Interesting.
Re: a research question by johnnythemonkey on 23 August 2008 1:01am
The limit is the same throughout the U.K. 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
bb is talking pish. There is an automatic ban for a minimum of one year.
In the scenario you described, drunk driving would probably be the only charge. Btw, I've always had a clean licence. I never drink and drive as I tend to spill it on corners.

bIG, can you name Marc Bolan's last hit ? Oh, you already have........a tree.
Re: a research question by Ken Dunn on 23 August 2008 10:06am
JTM has given the details on alcohol limits above.
If the police caught the guy who hit the tree and blood tested him then the above rule would apply.
With his amnesia, witnesses or evidence would be needed to prove he was driving the car at the time.

Re: a research question by bIG bLOGGER on 23 August 2008 3:19pm
Driverless cars don't usually bang into trees,but I know what you mean,Ken.
Does nobody feel sorry for the tree?..Where's Prince Charles and his anthropomorphic opinions,when you need him? BtW:I'm not sure that pleading "amnesia",or "I don't remember anything",is a very effective legal defence in our Courts..does anyone know?
Re: a research question by mrsteabag on 25 August 2008 3:10am
Thanks, guys....you helped a lot a lot!

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