Is it legal to use a breathalyser ?
Yes of course. It should however, only be used as a general guide to the level of alcohol in your body and not relied on to ensure you remain below the legal limit.
What are the limits ?
This can cause lots of confusion because there are different methods of measuring the alcohol in a breath sample.
In the UK the current limit is:
0.35mg/l = 0.08%BAC = 0.80 mg/ml (Promille) = 0.8g/l
0.22mg/l = 0.05%BAC = 0.50 mg/ml (Promille) = 0.5g/l
In many parts of Europe the limit is
0.22mg/l = 0.05%BAC = 0.50 mg/ml = 0.50 g/l
There are also different limits depending on whether you are measuring breath alcohol, blood alcohol or urine alcohol.Please do not confuse these measurements with weights - this is volume The legal limit for alcohol levels in the body whilst driving a vehicle in the UK (except Scotland) are currently:
35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of breath = 0.35mg/l BrAC
80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100ml of blood
107 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of urine
0.08% BAC (Blood Alcohol Content).
These limits are scientifically based: They are set at a level where, for most drivers, the chance of an accident involvement rises sharply.
THE ONLY SAFE LIMIT IS 0 & ABSTENTION FROM ALCOHOL !!!
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Driving/Attempting to Drive with excess alcohol (DR10)
Penalty - Fine - up to Level 5 (£5,000) and/or up to 6 months imprisonment
Mandatory disqualification for at least 12 months for first offence
Mandatory disqualification for at least 3 years for second offence within 10 years.
Being in charge of a motor vehicle with excess alcohol (DR40)
Penalty - Fine - up to Level 4 (£2,500) and/or up to 3 months imprisonment
10 penalty points on your license
Disqualification is at the discretion of the Court
After Driving/Attempting to drive refusing to provide samples for analysis (DR30)
Penalty - Fine - up to Level 5 (£5,000) and/or 6 months imprisonment
Mandatory disqualification for at least 12 months for first offence (18 months tends to be the norm as you are considered to have been trying to avoid being found guilty)
Mandatory disqualification for at least 3 years for second offence within 10 years
Are these Breathalyzers accurate ?
All breathalyzers carry a degree of inaccuracy. The more money you are prepared to pay, the more accurate and reliable will be the result. If you want the best possible accuracy then purchase a Home Office Approved Police issue device - simple !
Limits and conviction guides change from time to time. Please check current legislation.
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