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What to do if you’ve been convicted of driving under the influence

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September 28, 2020
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Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs seriously inhibits your judgement, reaction time and ability to navigate the complexities of the road, so it’s important to understand the drink drive limit. If you are convicted in court of a drink driving or drug driving offence, you could face a hefty fine, be banned from driving or even imprisoned, depending on the severity of your offence. And if you are given a driving ban, it can be difficult to secure fair and affordable insurance, which can hinder your ability to maintain a job and continue with your life.  

Primarily, the most important thing to do if convicted of a drink driving or drug driving conviction is to take the time to reflect on your alcohol and drug consumption, to understand the behaviours that led to driving under the influence and how to avoid those triggers in the future. There are a number of places that can provide support, advice and counselling, including the NHS, Collective Voice, The Priory and UK SMART Recovery, while DrinkDriving.org has a forum that provides advice and support for people caught and/or convicted of drink-driving.  

If you have received a driving ban, you may be able to reduce your sentence by completing a DDR – drink driving rehabilitation course – as offered by the courts. This could potentially allow you to reduce your driving ban by up to a quarter and give you the tools and information you need to drive safely once again. 

The Government recommends using the Joint Approvals Unit for Period Training to research and identify a suitable DDR course. However, there are a number of DDR courses available across the country, so we’ve rounded up a few to consider below. 

  • TTC offers DDR courses in more than 220 locations across the UK, with all courses also available online for completion. TTC also has a drink driving ban calculator that will help to identify how much time you can reduce your ban by if you successfully complete your DDR course.

  • Aspire Driver Development is a not-for-profit organisation that offers Government-approved drink driving rehabilitation courses.

  • Moorgate Training Limited offer DVSA-approved drink driving rehabilitation courses, and are one of the UK’s leading course providers with 10 years’ experience.

  • NECA Training Limited are a DVSA-approved centre for drink driving rehabilitation courses, and offer this simple guide to what to expect from the course.

While many insurers use drink driving convictions to justify pushing your premium up, at Adrian Flux we work with you to help keep your premiums down. For more information about which UK driving conviction codes Adrian Flux will consider, click here, and for further information about drug driving offences and insurance, click here.

 




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