Do you have a drink when wild camping?

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  1. Jac Sprat

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    I've read the threads about being in charge of the vehicle with keys in a public iplace (roadside) etc but how any of you do have more than a pint or single vino when wild camping?
    Husband wouldn't let me have a second drink tonight (on our free parking spot in Bruges)s and I'm sulking....
    Looking for support here. Does it vary per country?
     
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    Put the keys in his pocket and pour your self a wine! Seriously if the curtains are closed and the beds made up, you're not intending to go anywhere .
     
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    If I close the blinds on the cab then I am happy to have a drink. If someone tells me to move on I will refuse and they can charge me with obstruction but they will be hard pushed to charge me with being drunk in charge. Basically life is to short to worry about what someone heard about someone else getting charged.
     
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    Yes indeed. UK is the illogical one where "being in charge" is the offence.

    I believe abroad is it "driving whilst over the limit" and a lower limit. But sat there you are OK.

    Will someone confirm this !
     
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    If you intend driving the next morning you should be careful what you drink the night before.
    I'm sure you didn't need to know that but it's your choice.
     
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    I have never had a problem curtains closed key in coat pocket in wardrobe parked sensibly not causing a obstruction
    Don't see a prolem
    I sat in a lay by one night with a copper discussing this very subject me with beer in hand and him with cup of tea
    His words were make sure your sober in the morning before setting up to drive.
    Even the most pedantic officer would have problems securing a conviction under under surcum stances of a motor home secured for the night and set up for sleeping.
    Also my brother a total %%% would not even bother a camper or MH all closed up for the night
    Bill
     
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    If wild camping, I choose not to drink - nothing to do with the law but because I like to have the option to move on if necessary... will certainly drink on aires though (y)
     
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    I would and do have a drink or 3 but not until I'm certain we wont be moved on.About 10 o'clock then don't drive in the morning untill after noon.(Sue will)
     
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    This is a question that is going to be asked on a regular basis as the law is not that clear.
    Has any organisation/forum such as RAC, AA, Motorhome Fun or others approached the powers that be and asked for clarification on how the law would be applied to anyone parked up in a vehicle.
    And don't forget that in Scotland the drink drive limits are lower than in England.
     
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    Not being able to stop for a night or two without alcohol......Ummmm:whistle:
     
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    I was parked on Madeira drive in Brighton a couple of years ago and they breathtalised the car driver who parked behind us but they did'nt come to us. I have a drink most evenings whether free camping or not but Julia drives and she dos'nt drink
    Alan
     
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    If we all lived our lives completely inside the "letter of the law" then life would be pretty damn boring.................wouldn't it???

    The Tincas
     
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    This thread has reminded me of my breakfasts in Cyprus last week. Very nice hotel where champagne was on tap each morning at breakfast. Drunk with a splash of fresh orange (bucks Fiz) and sipped with my egg and bacon was lovely, it cleared the pallet and set you up for the day.:cool:
     
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    Slippy slope methinks.. :eek:

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    I'm one of the lucky ones Jim I can really take it or leave it(y). Drunk copious amounts on holiday but not even given alcohol a single thought since I have been home. Drinking patterns tend to be in the genes. I don't think I could become addicted to anything even if I tried.:)
     
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    I'm sure you are .. it was just a joke.. (y)

    on a serious note.. needing a drink in the morning, or at any time, is a sign that it's out of control.. been there and nearly never came back..
     
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    husband can't drive any more so it's down to me
     
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    A section from scotjimlands link on the law.

    For the purposes of subsection (2) above, a person shall be deemed not to have been in charge of a [F1mechanically propelled vehicle] if he proves that at the material time the circumstances were such that there was no likelihood of his driving it so long as he remained unfit to drive through drink or drugs.

    I read into this that you can be parked up and drink without being arrested for being 'drunk in charge' of a vehicle providing you can satisfy the no likelihood of driving aspect. (I do wonder what would satisfy all cops on this last point).
     
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    Doesn't affect me at all ,gave up the booze two years ago and am so much better for it..
     
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