The Law in England
Here are the legal alcohol limits for drivers in England, including Lancashire:
- 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
- 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.
- 107 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine.
Remember: it’s not always possible to judge how much alcohol you can consume and still legally drive a vehicle. It’s much better to avoid drinking altogether if you plan on getting behind the wheel.
Drug driving is a serious offence, and can be caused by having an excessive amount of one of 17 legal and illegal controlled substances in your system. You should never operate a vehicle if you have been impaired by taking drugs.
How to Keep Safe
There are some simple things you can do to make it less likely you’ll be injured while drinking or taking any drugs:
- Let others know you plan to drink or take drugs so they know to check you’re OK.
- Where possible, don’t drink to excess or take drugs alone.
- Do not cook if you are under the influence. Instead, eat something cold or order a takeaway.
- Never drive a vehicle if you are over the limit.
- Extinguish all cigarettes fully – smoking outside is far safer than in your home.
- Keep in mind that you might still be impaired the morning after, so be careful if you plan to drive.
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms to alert you in case of fire.