In the US, the driver caught drunk for the first time pays a $300 fine in a no accident case, following a temporary 6 months license cessation. During the second time the license may be suspended for ten years, the penalty equal up to $5,000, the third experience will cost up to $10,000. Those looking to test their fate after 3 times risk to be imprisoned for a period of from 48 hours to six months. Sometimes drunk drivers in the US are sentenced to community services. If a drunk driver causes a fatal accident, the verdict may be up to 10 years of prison.
In some European countries the very drunk driving is considered to be a criminal offense
- in Spain jailed for up to 2 years
- in Finland – up to 4 years;
- in Belgium the first drink driving experience will cost ‘as little as 140 euros’.
In Germany, a drunk driver is EUR 500 and 1,000 fined for the first and the second times accordingly, while the third violation costs around EUR 3,000. Officially, the limit is 0.5 ppm, but drivers under 21 years will be penalised even for such a tiny amount of alcohol in the blood. In case of the accident the punishment is envisaged for any nonzero alcohol content. Regular offenders make are forced to undergo examination for suitability to drive (also known as ‘idioten test’ in the masses), which costs about 500 euros.
In France drunk driving is subjected to fines up to EUR 150,000 and 10 years imprisonment in case of serious or lethal consequences. Since July this year, all motorists in France should carry a kit to test the driver’s blood alcohol content to use it before getting in the car. The absence of such a kit implies paying a fine.
In the Scandinavian countries, the size of the fine is determined individually, financial possibilities of the offender are taken into account as well as the number of dependents, the driving experience, psychological state, and so on. In Denmark, the driver’s car is confiscated in case of 3 violations.
In Ukraine, drunk drivers face driving ban of up to three years, a fine of $260 – $425, 40 – 50 hours of community service or 7-10 days of arrest. If a drunk driver is guilty of lethal consequences, he may be imprisoned for up to 15 years.
Legal responsibilities in Asia
The drunk motorists in China are subjected to merciless measures: the ‘drunken’ accident may result into a death penalty. Thus, in 2009 a drunk driver killed five people was sentenced to death. The aggravating circumstance was speeding 160 km/h instead of the allowed 50. In Thailand for a similar crime one is heavily fined, up to the death penalty.
In Singapore, the drunk driver caught for the first time will be deprived of the license for one year. An individual could face a fine or a six-month prison sentence and up to three years of imprisonment.
UK driving under influence
In the UK a drunk driver will be fined up to 7,200 pounds. The legal attitude is relatively loyal here; moreover, one can always take advantage of teaming up with law agency to commute the punishment. Thus, one can team up with a reputed law firm with motoring solicitors, also known as ‘drink driving solicitors’ to reduce the fine amount to minimum. If you are looking for a decent services provider, consider the option of playing the ball with Forster Dean Solicitors, running the offices in a good number of cities throughout the country. (more…)