Avoid a World Cup penalty by having none for the road!

8 Jun 2018

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is urging everyone to keep the roads alcohol free during the World Cup.

Many people enjoy having a drink or two while watching the football, and with the World Cup kicking off in June this is something that will be happening across the nation. The road safety team want everyone to enjoy themselves, but at the same time ensure the roads are kept as safe as possible by raising awareness of the dangers of drink-driving.

Nationally in 2016 there were 240 fatalities on the road attributed to drink-driving, a figure that we are keen to help reduce. You may think you know your limits and how much you can drink while still being safe to drive, however, the likelihood is you’re wrong. You may not realise it but it only takes one alcoholic drink to begin to affect your ability to drive safely, and alcohol can affect you differently depending on a number of factors that include:

  • weight
  • age
  • sex and metabolism (the rate your body uses energy)
  • what you’ve eaten recently
  • the type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking
  • stress levels

It’s also important to remember that alcohol can linger in the blood stream for far longer than you may realise and it’s possible to still be over the legal limit to drive the morning after a night out drinking.

If you’re convicted of drink-driving the penalties are severe and can include:

  • A minimum 12 month driving ban
  • A criminal record
  • A hefty fine
  • Up to 6 months in prison
  • An endorsement on your licence for 11 years

Not only will you face those immediate penalties, but there can be life-affecting knock-on consequences.

  • Your car insurance could go up. Having a criminal record will make it extremely difficult to get any other kind of insurance.
  • Getting into trouble with the law could be seen as gross misconduct by your employer and you could lose your job.
  • Having a criminal record could make it very difficult for you to get another job, and lying to your employer on any kind of application which asks you to disclose any criminal convictions could be seen as fraud and lead to a further conviction.
  • To get a mortgage you have to disclose any unspent convictions.
  • Travelling to a country where you need a visa or a working permit can be very difficult with a criminal record.


Residents of the county should also be aware that Avon and Somerset Police’s drink driving operation ‘Operation Tonic’ will be in force during the duration of the World Cup.

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