Drunk driving: illegal in Northern Ireland



Drunk driving in Northern Ireland

Drunk Driving in Northern Ireland - Do NOT Do It!

The Northern Ireland authorities are serious about driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And rightly so, for it costs dearly every year in accidents and lives lost.

The legal alcohol limit for driving in Northern Ireland is

  • 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
  • or
  • 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine
  • or
  • 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
  • Anything more than that is considered drunk driving and is considered an offence.

    How much drink will induce these numbers may depend on your age, sex, metabolism and stress levels. To be safe DON'T DRINK AT ALL when you know you will be driving. To be even safer, don't drink at all!

    Drunk Driving in Northern Ireland is penalized heavily and officers are vigilant about drink driving because people tend to binge drink during the weekends.

    We are a family of teetotalers and enjoy life without coming under the influence of alcohol irrespective of whether we are driving or not. And we recommend this lifestyle choice to all!

    Penalties of Drunk Driving in Northern Ireland!

    By the way, Drunk Driving is called Drink driving in Northern Ireland. But don't joke with the officers if they they ask you to give a sample. You are risking serious penalties for not complying with the law.

  • How would you like to pay up to £5,000 in fines?
  • Or go to jail for up to 6 months?
  • Or ban you from driving for a whole year's time?
  • Or even ask you to retake your driving test before they return your driving license to you? Huh?
  • Pretty serious. Don't get caught drink driving in Northern Ireland!

    Officers zero tolerance drink driving


    More Information About Driving in Ireland and Northern Ireland

    Seatbelt Laws in Northern Ireland Now you know the rules about drunk driving, do read about Seatbelt safety Laws.

    Driving direction in UK Read about how to drive on the left of the road, the road system, roundabouts, and speed limits in Driving direction in UK and Northern Ireland.

    Specific Advice on driving in Ireland Read about the adjustments you have to make when driving in Northern Ireland and Ireland, how to save money on car fuel, what to expect in a Petrol Station, tolls and road traffic, in Driving in Ireland webpage here.

    Photo2, West Midlands Police

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