Motorists convicted of driving with excess alcohol, driving while unfit or failing to give a breath, blood, or urine sample face a prison sentence, a hefty fine and disqualification. There are five basic offences: driving or attempting to drive with excess alcohol; being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol; driving or attempting to drive while unfit through drink or drugs; being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink or failure to give a specimen (of breath, blood or urine) at a police station.
While the police cannot carry out random breath tests, in reality they need little excuse to carry out a test. Suspecting that the driver had some alcohol is enough. They can also test if there has been an accident or the driver commits a motoring offence.
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