Swanswell to deliver drink-drive rehabilitation scheme in the West Midlands and Warwickshire

04 June 2013

Swanswell’s helping people understand the risks of drink-driving after gaining approval to provide a special scheme in the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

The national recovery charity, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, has been given permission from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) to deliver Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) courses in the region from now on.

The DDRS programme is an educational course for motorists who have been convicted of relevant drink-drive offences, and will promote safe and responsible driving.

It will help them understand their drinking behaviour in relation to driving, the potential impact drink-driving has on themselves and others, the law, how alcohol affects the ability to drive safely and the wider health effects of alcohol use, among other areas.

Drivers will pay to attend the DDRS programme and once completed successfully, they will be able to apply for earlier renewal of their licence.

Courses will run in three-week, four-week or eight-week sessions from a number of venues across Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘Research suggests that a single alcoholic drink increases the risk of death or serious injury by five times, so it’s vital that we educate people about the risks to themselves and others, before it’s too late.

In our experience of running similar courses, people often tell us they wouldn’t have got behind the wheel in the first place if they’d known the affect that alcohol has on their ability to drive safely and responsibly.

Education is key to helping people make informed decisions about their alcohol use, so we hope this course gives them the information they need to ensure they don’t drink and drive in the future and ultimately, help save lives.’

Drivers face strict penalties if caught drink-driving including a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record, as well as an endorsement on their license for 11 years (Department for Transport).

In turn, it can also lead to increased car insurance cost, job loss (particularly if driving is an essential part of the job), trouble getting in to certain countries and a loss of independence.

There are strict alcohol limits for drivers in the UK: 

  • 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
  • 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
  • 107 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine

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