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Drinking and driving in the UK

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Road traffic law is a very wide area of law. Road traffic law covers responsibilities of drivers and pedestrians. The key areas of road traffic law include theft, cycling, drink driving, insurance, points, parking tickets and seat belts. This however is just a small cross section of road traffic law.

To begin with, road traffic law deals with theft. If you find that your vehicle has been stolen, it is very important that you inform the police right away. When you contact the police, you should ensure that you are able to detail your cars registration, model and colour as to be able to inform them sufficiently of what to look for. If you had any valuables in the car, you should also make sure you inform the police about them. Your next step will be to contact your insurer and let them know about the theft.

This brings us to insurance. It is illegal to drive a car without insurance in the UK and yet many drivers still do. If you drive without insurance you can face a hefty fine and even losing your license. You may also be charged if you let an uninsured driver drive your vehicle.

If you break road traffic legislation, you face getting points on your license. If you get 12 or more points on your license, you will be disqualified from driving. In road traffic law, you will get points on your license if you drive over the speed limit, fail to stop after an accident, drive carelessly, use a mobile phone whilst driving, drive while intoxicated on drink or drugs, drive without a license or without insurance, fail to stop at traffic lights and many more offences.

Cyclists are also governed by road this law. It is illegal to cycle dangerously, that is, to cycle in a way that may cause harm to others. You can face a fine of up to £2500 if you are found guilty of dangerous cycling. It is also illegal to cycle on the pavement. If you are caught doing so, you will get an on the spot £30 fine and for repeat offenders this can be increased to £500.

Parking tickets is another large area of road traffic law. You can get a parking ticket for parking in an illegal spot, for failing to pay and display and for overstaying the time you have paid for. It is illegal to park on double yellow lines, loading bays and many other places. Usually if you pay your fine within 14 days, you get a reduction in the amount that you have to pay.

It is illegal to drink and drink in the UK. There are very strict laws about the amount of alcohol you can consume before driving a car. It is always advisable to not drink at all if you are planning to drive afterward to ensure that you don’t get stopped. If you are found to be above the legal limit, you may have to go to court and have your license revoked.