More Drivers Test Positive for Drugs than Alcohol over Christmas Period

The Christmas drink and drug drive campaign in North Wales heralds a 50% increase in drug drivers compared to 2017.

The campaign, which ran from December 1st 2018 until January 1st 2019, saw 368 drink drive and 179 drug drive arrests being made across the four police forces in Wales.

In North Wales more people tested positive for drugs than alcohol. Officers made 84 drug drive arrests, a 50% increase on the same period in 2017, and 83 drink drive arrests during the same period.

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Superintendent Jane Banham of the North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit said: “More than 500 drivers had a Christmas and New Year to remember for all the wrong reasons – after being arrested by police across Wales for drink and drug driving. 

If you are found guilty of drink or drug driving you face a minimum 12-month ban, a criminal record, a fine or up to 6 months in prison.

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Article written by Stuart Taylor – Director at Ashworth Motoring Law, specialist motoring lawyers.

Another glowing review of our services!

Here’s what another satisfied client had to say about our services:

Alison took the time to listen to our concerns and dealt with third parties on our behalf to ensure our case was fairly dealt with. She was considerate, efficient and a lady who gets the job done and gets the results. I cannot speak highly enough of Alison and her colleagues – there is nothing she or her team could have done better.

 

Alison dealt with our case with understanding and professionalism. She fought on our behalf to ensure third parties provided testimonials to ensure our son’s case was dealt with fairly. We had gone to another solicitor before hearing about Alison’s firm and I am confident that had we stayed with that firm our son would now be serving a prison sentence. Alison ensured the barrister we got on the day was excellent, both she and one of her colleagues took the time out of their busy schedule to ensure that we were represented in the manner she requested.  From the first conversation with Alison I felt a great sense of relief that she listened to my concerns and suggested a strategy that the previous solicitors didn’t. She was not happy to accept that there was nothing that could be done and she put herself out considerably to ensure our son was represented fairly.

 

If you ever find yourself at the wrong side of the law with a motoring offence you could not do better than Ashworth Motoring Law.

Thank you so much Alison.

Angela – Cheshire

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If you’ve been accused of a driving offence and would like Ashworth Motoring Law to represent your case, please call 0330 33 22 770 or email admin@ashworthmotoringlaw.co.uk to speak directly to one of our expert motoring law solicitors today.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Another of our clients found Not Guilty of Drink Driving; Testimonial

Making our clients happy, fighting against injustice and getting the right result in every case is what gets us out of bed in the morning and keeps us working late at night.

It’s why we do what we do.  We are always delighted when we receive testimonials from satisfied clients for whom we have secured a phenomenal result.

Here is our latest testimonial from a very happy client of ours who has been found Not Guilty of Drink Driving:

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“I am writing this review in relation to my experience with Ashworth Motoring Law. Being in a position where your faced with losing your license or even prison is not a nice place to be. I did an extensive amount of research and contacted numerous solicitors for free phone consultations and just didn’t find the comfort or reassurance i needed to decide whether to part with my hard earned money or stay with a legal aid firm. It was a big decision that could affect my career and day to day life for the next few years to come. I finally got around to speaking to Alison and something just felt different about how she came across and it was pleasantly reassuring. I made the choice to go with Alison and she accepted my case. I had been charged with a drink drive offence and also an allegation of failing to stop for the police. The police and prosecution are there to just get targets and numbers up on convictions, no matter if they think you are guilty or not. That is one thing i have learnt in this. Without Alison i would not have stood a chance in hell and the police kept trying to add new things in to worsen things for me, but Alison pursued and fought and worked twice as hard as them to get the result I needed. Im normally quite smart with most things, but Alison can find a diamond in the rough instantly in every instance.  

From the beginning Alison and Colette advised and helped me and kept me more then up to date with everything that she was doing in relation to my case. They put my mind at ease all the way through. They made me feel like it was my good friends on my side helping me in a situation where someone else is trying to ruin my life. Alison was amazing and got me one of the best barristers around. We went to court and successfully walked out with not guilty verdicts to both charges. I couldn’t have been more happy and am able to continue my life normally now. I really am glad i followed my instinct and went with Ashworth Motoring Law.  

If you find yourself in any similar driving position and are a little sceptical about using a private solicitor as opposed to legal aid then I am more than happy to speak to you about my case as an independent person and I’m happy to answer any questions you have. I feel i owe Alison the respect to do that after how much she did to help me and successfully at that. I have unfortunately experienced the services of a legal aid solicitor in the past and to be honest there is no comparison and they of course left me high and dry and with an unsuccessful case i received a conviction. This is what made me more used towards paying for legal representation. They are just lazy number crunchers who want a big turn around of clients whether they help them or not. Ashworth Motoring definitely provide the whole package and more.  

If you do wish to contact me please do not hesitate to ask Alison or Colette for my details. Once again thank you to all at Ashworths.”

Mr B, Birmingham.

Why we do what we do:

At Ashworth motoring law we are dedicated to keeping drivers on the road. We believe that no driver’s licence should be placed in jeopardy due to a lack of legal or technical knowledge. That’s why we’re always striving to deliver relevant, current content to keep you up to date with issues that could affect your freedom to drive.

We know the devastating impact that a disqualification from driving could have on a person’s life, career and family. It’s from that understanding that we fight to save the driving licences of motorists throughout the Country, to ensure that no person is disqualified where a valid defence or judicial discretion is available.

If you’ve been unlucky enough to be accused of drink driving or any other motoring offence and need to keep your driving licence, you can call one of our team of Expert Motoring Lawyers at any time on 0330 33 22 770 or email enquiries@ashworthmotoringlaw.co.uk. Our specialist driving offence solicitors will listen to the details of your case and let you know instantly if your licence could be saved.

 

Motoring Lawyers open over the bank holiday weekend

The August bank holiday is almost upon us. Whilst we hope that you have a nice, relaxing weekend, our specialist motoring law solicitors will be on call day and night, including bank holiday Monday should you need our assistance.

If, over the August bank holiday weekend you need a…….

Drink Driving Solicitor

Drug Driving Solicitor

Drunk in Charge Solicitor

Failure to Provide a Specimen Solicitor

Totting up Solicitor

New Driver – Licence Revocation

Speeding Solicitor

Careless Driving Solicitor

Dangerous Driving Solicitor

Failure to Stop and Report an Accident Solicitor

Driving with no Insurance Solicitor

Mobile phone offence Solicitor

Guilty Plea and Mitigation Solicitor

….. feel free to call our free motoring law legal advice line on 0330 33 22 770.  Your call will be answered by one of our expert motoring lawyers who will support you, advise you on the law and guide you to the best possible outcome in your case. In most cases, a ban or even conviction can be avoided.

If you want to know whether your case is one of the many that can be defended, or need to speak to a specialist motoring law solicitor about avoiding a driving ban, then call 0330 33 22 770 or email enquiries@ashworthmotoringlaw.co.uk.

Don’t spend the bank holiday weekend with the worry of a motoring offence hanging over you. Call one of our specialist motoring law solicitors today.

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Drink Driving – Not Guilty testimonial

There’s nothing we love more than reading the comments of satisfied clients who are grateful for the results that were achieved in their case.

Here’s another testimonial from one of Managing Director, Alison Ashworth’s clients who was delighted with the service he received:

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Alison was my primary solicitor in a drink-driving case and, thanks to her diligence and tenacity, the case was thrown out of court due to a lack of evidence on the part of the Prosecution, together with a number of technical errors by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Allison’s attention to detail is meticulous and I would heartily recommend her to anyone in danger of losing their licence. 

Many thanks – Jon McBride 

At Ashworth Motoring Law, our specialist motoring law solicitors are experts in defending all types of motoring offences including drink driving, drug driving and failure to provide a specimen for analysis. If you believe that you have been falsely accused of an offence and would like to prove your innocence, call our motoring law helpline on 0330 33 22 770 for free initial advice and guidance. You will speak directly to a specialist in motoring law who can identify possible defences in your case. Lines are open 24/7 so get in touch whenever’s best for you.

How to work out if you’re over the limit the morning after

We are forever advising people not to drive if they feel they might be over the limit the next morning. Whilst that is certainly good advice, it has significant limitations – how do you know if you’re over the limit the next morning or not?

Firstly, we need to disclaim that there is no certain way to know. Sorry! However there are a few principles which can be applied to give you a round-about idea of how long you need to wait.

The system:

  1. Calculate the number of units that you have consumed in total during the relevant period. Each unit represents one hour that you need to wait (Whilst this article focuses on ‘the morning after’, the principles remain the same for daytime drinking.)
  2. Add one further hour (to accommodate the time taken for the alcohol to enter your blood stream).

Alcohol units:

Of course this system would not work unless you knew the unit value of the drinks you have consumed. Here are the unit values of the most common drinks:

  • One standard glass (175ml) of average strength wine (12%) – 2.1 units
  • One large glass (250ml) of average strength wine (12%) – 3 units
  • One pint of low strength lager, beer or cider (3.6%) – 2 units
  • One pint of higher strength lager, beer, or cider (5.2%) – 3 units
  • One single measure of spirits (25ml) – 1 unit

It’s important to remember to look at the percentage value of the alcohol consumed as the units above may need to be adjusted accordingly. For example, a large glass of 13% wine would be 3.5 units.

How does this look in practice?

So, in theory, if you drink 3 large 250ml glasses of average strength (12%) wine representing 3 units per glass, and finish drinking at midnight, you should wait until at least 10am the following day before driving.  This is a much greater delay than most of us realise!

Apps for calculating how long to stay off the road

There are now many websites which offer ‘online calculators’ to assist drivers in working out when they might, in theory, be fit to drive.

Here are a couple of them:

Brake – morning after calculator

Morning-after.org calculator

Disclaimer

The above system for calculating how long you should wait after drinking before driving is based on an average liver breaking down alcohol at a rate of one unit per hour. However this rate can be affected by a number of different factors such as:

  • Weight
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Metabolism
  • Medication

Whilst there are many valid defences available to most drink driving offences, miscalculation, or indeed reliance on any method of calculating the time taken for alcohol to leave your system would be no defence.  If you are in any doubt over whether to drive after consuming alcohol, even if the consumption ended many hours ago, the best advice is not to drive at all.

What happens if you are convicted of drink driving

A person who is caught drink driving, even where they only marginally over the limit the morning after faces a minimum period of 12 months disqualification from driving and a fine of up to £5000. In the most serious cases, a person can be sent to prison for up to 6 months.

Article written by Expert Motoring Lawyer and Managing Director at Ashworth Motoring Law, Alison Ashworth.

Ashworth Motoring Law Ltd are specialists in defending drink driving offences. If you need advice or representation regarding any motoring offence, call our 24/7 local rate motoring law helpline on 0330 33 22 770 or email enquiries@ashworthmotoringlaw.co.uk.

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Transport Minister hints at a lower drink drive limit

In December 2014, the Scottish drink drive limit was slashed from 80mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood to 30mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Yesterday, 09 February 2016 Transport Minister Andrew Jones hinted that the government might consider lowering the drink drive limit in England and Wales, depending on the experience in Scotland, reflecting on when their drink drive limit was reduced over a year ago.

Mr  Jones said:

“I am intending to discuss with the Scottish minister the experience of the lower limit in Scotland and the timescales to get access to robust evidence of the road safety impact,”

“It is important to base our decisions on evidence and the Scottish experience will be crucial to that before we consider any possible changes to limits in England and Wales. This government’s current position, however, remains to focus resources on enforcing against the most serious offenders.”

How is it working in Scotland?

The latest figures show that since the drink drive limit was lowered in Scotland, the number of drink driving offences fell by 12.5% in the following 9 months. It is believed that a large contributing factor to this reduction is a change in behaviour, with most motorists opting to avoid alcohol altogether if they need to drive. I would of course agree that the easiest way to ensure that you are under the drink drive limit is to follow the ‘none for the road’ strategy.  However a lower limit raises potential issues ‘the morning after’; placing motorists at an increased risk of driving with too much alcohol in their system.

Drunk on the commute to work?

The President of the AA, Edmund King said

“With a lower limit, drivers will also have to be aware of being over the limit the morning after. Our research shows that almost 20 per cent of drivers have driven the morning after when they believed they could be over the limit.”

Even at the current levels, I regularly represent drivers who are accused of drink driving after unwittingly driving to work following the consumption of alcohol the night before. If the limit is  lowered by a third, there could be an even larger number of otherwise law abiding motorists brought before the Court and criminalised for what is considered a serious offence.

The problem is that it’s extremely difficult to work out exactly when you would be safe to drive. The strength and amount of alcohol consumed are fundamental factors, but this is complicated by the fact that everybody metabolises alcohol at a different rate depending on individual characteristics, such as height, weight and build,

What would a drink driving conviction mean?

A person who is convicted of drink driving can expect to receive an automatic disqualification from driving for at least 12 months, a fine of up to £5000 and possibly even community service or a prison sentence.

Drink driving is a serious offence which can have long lasting consequences. Although there are many defences available to this charge, the simplest solution would be to avoid having alcohol in your system at the time of driving in the first place, regardless of the level of the drink driving limit.  For more information about drink driving, visit the dedicated drink driving section of our website.

 

Article written by Expert Motoring Law Solicitor and Managing Director of Ashworth Motoring Law Ltd, Alison Ashworth.

Ashworth Motoring Law are specialists in drink driving defences and our expert motoring law solicitors have outstanding success rates when representing motorists for drink driving offences. If you would like to speak to a specialist drink driving solicitor about your case, call our local rate motoring law helpline on 0330 33 22 770 for a free assessment of your case.  Lines are open round the clock so get in touch whenever’s best for you.