Statistics show that motorists are 3 times more likely to be breathalysed in December.
In December 2017 alone, 63,600 motorists were stopped and took part in a roadside test.
Here’s everything you need to know to make sure you are fully up to speed with UK law so that you know how to respond if you are pulled over for a test.
The police officers in England and Wales can stop you whilst driving, or riding a motor bike under section 163 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
A police officer who stops you under this act must be acting “in execution of their duty”.
If you do not stop, you will be committing a criminal offence.
A police officer may ask you to produce the following documents:
If you do not have any of these documents available, the police officer should grant you a period of seven days to take the documents into your local police station. A failure to do so will result in you committing a criminal offence.
The police can stop and breathalyse you if:
If the police officer thinks that you are under the influence of alcohol and drugs, the police officer may further ask you to:
If the breath test gives a result straight away and you are not over the limit, you may be allowed to go. However, you should be aware that police officers can issue an on the spot, fixed penalty notice for a variety of minor offences. These include; neglecting traffic regulations, neglecting pedestrian rights and vehicle registration and licence offences.
If the police officer suspects that you have committed a more serious offence, then you must be cautioned before they speak with you so you are aware that whatever you say may be used as evidence. At this stage, you are entitled to obtain legal advice.