With the World Cup only weeks away, a number of police forces within the UK have confirmed that the start of the football tournament will also see the beginning of their summer drink-drive campaigns – which will focus on “morning after” drink-drivers.
The World Cup in Brazil is set to see many games, including England’s first group stage game, kick-off at 11pm BST – and with a number of pubs applying for late licences, concerns have been raised that cases of “morning after” drink-drivers could increase this summer.
As a result, police forces throughout the UK are to launch their summer drink-drive campaigns, with one force suggesting that it will be heavily focused on young drivers who statistically prove the biggest danger on the roads between the hours of 10pm and 3am.
Meanwhile, a leading road safety charity has called on drivers to pledge this summer not to drink any alcohol before getting behind the wheel of their vehicles; echoing concerns that the World Cup could lead to an increase in drink-driving.
Last summer a total of 100,892 drivers were breathalysed across the UK, with in excess of 5,000 failing such tests; and as road traffic solicitors in Yorkshire we understand the importance of seeking legal advice at the earliest opportunity if you have been caught or charged with drink-driving.
Our solicitors are experienced in handling cases relating to drink-driving, and through our experience we will look to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, including inappropriate behaviour by police, who are legally bound to follow strict procedures.
In addition, we can advise you on whether there are any mitigating circumstances which can result in you avoiding disqualification. These circumstances are known as ‘special reasons’ and narrowly defined in law and complicated to establish – for example, ‘spiked’ drinks or shortness of distance travelled.
To find out how we can assist you in such matters, contact our solicitors today.