Drink and Drive

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  1. johnandsue

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    I am sure you are all aware but in Scotland they are reducing the drink drive limit from 80mg per 100 ml to 50 mg per 100 ml from early December. This means that even 1 pint of beer or a glass of wine could put you over the limit, also be especially careful when driving the next morning after a night on the bevvie. Police Scotland have stated they will be putting extra patrols on the road to catch those over the limit including extra patrols in the morning.
    Whilst virtually everyone welcomes this reduction there is an argument over whether the penalty for being between 50 and 80 mg should be reduced to 6 month ban rather than 12 months.
    Best bet if you are driving - don't drink
     
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  2. Dawn B

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    Never have, never will
     
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    A good reminder for anyone who is not aware of the new rules.
     
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    People should also take care not to drink too much when riding s bike too. Apparently in Germany it is offence to ride a bike 'over the limit' and I read that you can arrive home to find that your driving lisence has been taken away
     
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    My brother was cautioned by the police in Windermere, for walking home from the pub, wheeling his bike
     
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    Mmmm!..

    I can remember when.....

    Oh!.. and in Norfolk... it's still a common practice ... or at least it still was when I moved Nth - back to my hometown... in 2010...

    different views eh!?..
     
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    Got breathalysed twice on Saturday ( Suffolk police, then Essex police as it was 100 yards into Essex) after a bit of a collision - (someone hit me), big fat zero both times of course. Standard practice with any RTA and quite right too. The copper said it was still surprising how many people blew over even at that time of the morning.
     
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    Simple rule, "12 hours bottle to throttle", in my case it is always much more, I do like a lie in :D
     
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    My ex dinghy crew lives in Belgium and stupidly rode home on his bike after a raucous party - front wheel caught in tram track and a high side resulting in a face plant of the cobblestones. He said he didn't know what was more humilitating - turning up at the office the following day looking very secondhand and minus a few teeth, or the coppers laughing when they loaded him into the ambulance
     
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  10. John Laidler

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    Same in France.
     
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  11. Brian and Jo

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    theres only one drink drive rule in my mind and thats DONT DRINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BRIAN
     
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    It could well be the same here as using a mobile on a bike is the same offence as using it in a car.
     
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    i find it impossible to drink and drive without spilling loads :)
     
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    Haha, you beat me to it. :LOL:
     
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    Thanks John & Sue for highlighting this and reminding everyone both North and South of the border(y)
     
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    Not wishing to doubt OP, but can we really have different laws north and south of the border?

    Also, highly recommend the Alcosense portable breath tester, about £60 well spent IMO) bought one myself following thread on here last month, I don't drink and drive other than the odd half pint or shandy, but the morning after is a significant risk

    Embarrassed to say I have failed once already in one month of ownership, my own test that is, I didn't drive and get caught, really didn't think I have drunk that much. That's the trouble with pouring your own shorts
     
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    I remember one of our school teachers being fined for drunk in charge of a bike. That was in the 1960s.
     
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    I certainly was not that teacher, but had a caution for the same offence in my youth, only because I was pushing it at the time and not attempting to ride it. I was pushing it only because I had fallen off the damned thing twice.
     
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    Yes sir. HSE officer (ex-cop) at work is running an awareness meeting tomorrow to remind everyone of the change.
     
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    Seem to recall a certain Welsh rugby player got nicked for being drunk in charge of a golf buggy. Muppet
     
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