There have been many articles in the press about police forces undertaking random checks on motorists and revoking licences at the roadside. But what powers exactly do the police have?
If the police suspect that you are over the limit then you are obliged to give a sample, it doesn’t matter if you know that you are under the limit. The same rule applies if the police have reason to believe that you were driving even if you weren’t.
It may be an offence to fail to provide information as the identity of a driver when you receive a written request to do so from (or on behalf of) the police. If convicted, you face a large fine and 6 penalty points.
Nowadays reporting via social media can happen very quickly and it is often one of the things not thought about by those facing criminal proceedings.
There has been a lot of discussion about the sentence passed following Ant McPartlin’s (Ant and Dec) conviction for drink driving.
There is a specific offence of dangerous driving, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 2 years. If that driving is a cause of someone’s death, the maximum sentence rises to one of 14 years.