If you are caught drink-driving in Manchester the penalties are harsh. If you are found guilty of drink-driving you could be imprisoned, banned from driving and face a fine if you’re found guilty. If you plan to go out and consume alcohol do not drive. Public transport and taxi services are the best options.
Disqualification for drink-driving
Depending on your offence, you may also be sent to prison for 6 months get an unlimited fine and a driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years). If you refuse to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine you may get 6 months in prison an unlimited fine and a driving ban for at least 1 year.
If you’re disqualified from driving for 12 months or more, you might be able to reduce your ban by taking a drink-drive rehabilitation course.
You’ll need to apply for a new licence after your disqualification ends.
Disqualification for drug-driving
It’s illegal in England, Scotland and Wales to drive with legal drugs in your body if it impairs your driving.
It’s an offence to drive if you have over the specified limits of certain drugs in your blood and you have not been prescribed them.
Talk to your doctor about whether you should drive if you’ve been prescribed any of the following drugs:
- amphetamine, for example, dexamphetamine or selegiline
- morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs, for example, codeine, tramadol or fentanyl
You can drive after taking these drugs if:
- you’ve been prescribed them and followed the advice on how to take them from a healthcare professional
- they are not causing you to be unfit to drive even if you’re above the specified limits