Drink driving quiz
What is drink driving limit?
- 107 milligrammes (mg) of alcohol per 100 millilitres (ml) of blood.
- 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.
- 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.
- 35 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.
What is the safest type of alcohol to drink before driving?
I’m a first time offender. Will I receive a driving ban for driving under the influence?
- Yes, a mandatory minimum ban of 5 years.
- Yes, a mandatory minimum ban of 3 years.
- Yes, a mandatory minimum ban of 1 year.
- Maybe. A driving ban is discretionary for this offence.
True or False. The judge may grant up to a 50% reduction in the period of disqualification for attending a drink driving rehabilitation course.
What is the maximum fine for a drink driving offence?
What is the maximum custodial sentence for a drink driving offence?
- 5 years.
- 7 years.
- 14 years.
The High Risk Offender Scheme covers drivers who:
- Were convicted of having a proportion of alcohol in the body two and half times or more over the legal limit.
- Have been convicted twice, within a 10 year period, for any drink driving offences.
- Were disqualified for failing without cause to provide a specimen for analysis.
- All of the above.
True or False. A uniformed police constable may ask you to take a roadside breath test without cause.
True or False. You will be convicted if you fail to provide a specimen for analysis.
I’m a victim of a drink driving. The driver got off on a technicality. She didn’t hurt me intentionally, but I still sustained several serious injuries in the accident. I know she has car insurance so who can I claim compensation from:
- Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
- The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
- The driver and/or his insurance company.
- A Criminal Compensation Order.
- B . 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. Answers A and D are the alcohol concentration limits for urine and breath, while answer C is the blood alcohol concentration limit applicable in many other European countries.
- D . None. You cannot rely on drinking a particular type of alcohol to stay under the legal limit. Our bodies absorb, metabolise and remove alcohol at different rates. Aside from the amount and type of alcohol consumed, the rate can be affected by a host of different factors, including the speed of consumption, tolerance for alcohol, gender, weight, fat to muscle concentration, when you last ate, and drug use (both prescribed and illicit).
- C . Yes, if you’re a first time offender, you will receive a mandatory minimum ban of 1 year.
- False . A judge may only grant up to a 25% reduction in the period of disqualification for attending a drink driving rehabilitation course.
- D . The court has discretion to impose whatever fine it wants for c ausing death by careless driving when under the influence.
- C . Causing death by careless driving when under the influence again carries the maximum penalty: a potential custodial sentence of 14 years.
- D . All of the above. The High Risk Offenders Scheme covers people in all three categories.
- False . A constable must have ‘reasonable cause’ to suspect you’ve either been driving, attempting to drive, or in charge of a vehicle with alcohol in your body or you’ve committed a traffic offence.
- False . If you have a “reasonable excuse” you do not have to provide a specimen. For example, you may suffer from a physical or mental infirmity that prevents you taking a test.
- C . On these facts, the only way to obtain compensation is to make a civil claim against the driver and/or her insurance company.