Did you know that drunk driving is a criminal offence that can lead you into prison while self driving in Uganda? After you pass your DSA practical test, you get a license to drive on the road. Even if you have passed your test, you should always be careful, alert driver on the road. This is for your own safety as well as for other road users safety.

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You should always follow road rules and regulations.

Drink driving is one of the serious driving offence. If you drink and drive, not only are you jeopardizing yourself, you are putting other road users at risk.

There are 250 people died due to drink driving and 14% of road accidents were caused by drink driving in 2010. By drinking and driving on the road, you risk your life and those of your passengers and others life. Alcohol can affect your ability to drive, weight, age and body metabolism and increase your stress levels. If you are driving after drinking, the alertness and carefulness will be less and you have trouble to judge your speed and be slower to react to hazards.

If you are planning to drive then alcohol must be avoided. This can help to reduce the no. of persons who killed or injured every year in road accidents due to drink driving. So drive safely and safe your and others life.

The drink driving law is complicated and given the severity of any potential punishment, expert assistance from a qualified solicitor should always be obtained. Many road users are confused by drink drive limits and alcohol levels.

The drink drive limit:

35 microgram’s of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath
107 microgram’s of alcohol per 100 milliliters of urine
what 80 milligram’s of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood

If you fail a roadside breath test, the police believe that you aren’t fit to drive because of drinking and you’ll be arrested and taken to a police station. Though you can pay bail and get free, it is always on the next day and the police will keep you inside their coolers till the next day! After securing your bail, you will need another person to drive you home!

In other instances, you may be offered a place on rehabilitation courses. The course teaches you more about the effects of alcohol on driving. The period for which you’re banned from driving will be reduced by up to a quarter, if you have successfully completed the course.


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