How does the law stand on drinking?

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  1. Mi58ck

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    If your stopping over in your MH and youve had a couple of beers,can you still get done for drinking and driving?
     
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    Hi
    If you park your motorhome on a public road or in a place where the public have access to and you are in possession of the keys to the vehicle you could get arrested for the offence of being in charge of a motor vehicle whilst under the influence, that is should you fail the roadside breath test at that time.
     
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    I suppose you could always hide the keys ?

    barry
     
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    The offence is drunk in charge of a vehicle.

    If in a public place - road, car park - yes you can.
     
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    if you drink enough to be over the limit the night before driving, most of that alcohol will still be in your system next day. basically though if your on a campsite and keys are put away, your unlikely to be breathalysed. unlike if you park in a layby or public carpark, where you could reasonably be expected to be told to move on

    can you afford to throw your licence away by being caught driving or in charge of a vehicle whilst over the drink drive limit?
     
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    Not to make light of this but I often wonder how people wild camping get on with this as most of the people I have met so far that overwinter in Spain / Portugal etc all talk of having parties and BBQ's and more than a fair share of wine and beer. Now it would seem to me that they are handing themselves on a platter to the local plod but I've never heard of anyone getting nicked so far. I have a totaly seperate cab / habitation area and wondered if I was to overnight for a few days on a pub carpark how I would stand legally if I handed over my cab / engine keys to the landlord and only had the key to the habitation area, have to say I havn't taken the chance so far......Mark
     
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    that could be a very good point .i use the same idea .if in the trailer then there can be no reason for anyone to think i,m going to drive . if asked to move just refuse .
    making you drive if you tell them you have had a drink would be a crime in itself .
    as it is the spanish and portugese very often say if an accident happens late at night .of course they were drunk ,if they only had a few beers they would be walking . only drunk drivers drive very late at night.

    as it is they usually move you earlier in the evening or leave you alone.
    many do come round for a drink with you . after all its not uk.
    they love john smiths smooth.
     
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    We have this absurd law "being in charge".

    I think usually it is actually driving the vehicle.
     
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    It's the key

    I am a gasman, a few years ago we had unknowingly taken on an alcoholic. A customer reported him to us and told him to leave (he had arrived very drunk for an 8.00 am call) the customer also reported him to the police. They found him a mile down the road asleep in the van. But because he had gone to the rear door to get his vodka, and left the key in the lock outside. they could not charge him. but they did take him away from the van, which we then collected.
     
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    after reading this i think my van is for eBay. its getting worse.
     
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    More importantly should anyone else have their life thrown away because someone is drunk in charge of a vehicle.
    It is not a matter of getting away with it, its a matter of how much value is placed on another person's life.

    Norman[/QUOTE]

    An excellent point. Wholeheartedly agree

    Wyn
     
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    Not getting worse, breeks,. It's the way it's always been.
    It's usually the case that someone has fallen foul of the law and comes accross something they didnt know, assuming it's new.

    Possession of the keys or which way the drivers seat is facing (turned around or not) is irrelevant.
    When charged for drink in charge or whatever, the apparent likelihood of the person in question intending to drive doesnt come into it.
    The law requires the defendant to prove he / she had no intention to drive whilst unfit.
    That's the only defence as I understand it.
    The Police only have to charge, not prove. You have to defend.

    Nothing new, been this way since Adam had a moped.

    Just drink on a pukka site is the only sure way of staying bulletproof on this score.
     
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    Just noticed John's (John and Joan) thread.
    The link says more or less the same.
     
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