Do you have any sympathy for a person caught over the drink driving limit the next day?

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Do you have any sympathy for a person caught over the drink driving limit the next day?

Well, Sky sports presenter Kirsty Gallagher has been handed a two year driving ban after she was caught three times over the limit – the next day.

The presenter had been drinking until 3am and the next day at 11am, she drove to meet her two young sons.

She told the court that she had been going through a stressful divorce and pleaded guilty in court.

Gallagher had been drinking with friends, left her car at the pub and got a taxi home. She took another cab to get her car the next morning before driving 8 miles to meet her children who were staying with their father.

Her defence said Kirsty is not someone who usually drinks to excess and she had no intention of drink driving. The defence said that had she known she was over the limit she would not have got into the car and she is horrified to be in this position.

Today I want to know if you have any sympathy for Kirsty and others in that situation.

The legal limit for fully licenced drivers in Ireland is 50 milligrammes of alcohol per 100ml of blood.  The legal limit for professional and learner drivers is 20 milligrammes of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Health experts say that alcohol can stay in your system for up to 24 hours. This obviously depends on your size and so on. But the fact is that many people have to drive the next day.

Surely you can’t expect people to walk or get the bus for 24 hours.

Experts say that it can take up to an hour for the body to get rid of one standard drink.

So let’s take an example. Let’s say a guy goes out for his Christmas party at 9pm. He has 7 drinks, does the right thing by getting a taxi home and gets to bed at 3am. He gets up a bit groggy and get’s behind the wheel at 8:30am. There is still alcohol in his system but he is well capable of driving. He gets a ban on his license for one year. Do you have sympathy for him?

Should those people be punished exactly the same as a stereotypical drink driver?

Or should there be some leniency given?

The charge will of course be at the judge’s discretion but should it be treated any differently?

Do you have any sympathy for a person caught over the drink driving limit the next day?

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