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Drink Drivers Face Tougher Penalties

Serious drink-drive offenders will have to prove they are no longer dependent on alcohol before being allowed back behind the wheel.

Those who obstruct the police by refusing to allow their blood samples to be analysed will also be treated the same as the most serious offenders.

The measures which come into effect from June 1 mean the most dangerous drink-drivers will have to pass a medical confirming they are no longer alcohol dependent, and those who refuse to give blood samples will only get their licence back following disqualification if they pass the required medical.

Stephen Hammond, road safety minister, said: "Drink-drivers are a menace and it is right that we do everything we can to keep the most high risk offenders off the road."

Under the High Risk Offender (HRO) scheme, drivers convicted of certain serious drink/driving offences must have a medical investigation to confirm that there are no on-going problems with the misuse of alcohol before they can be issued with a licence. In 2012 the DVLA was notified by the courts of just over 50,000 drink-driving convictions.

Nearly 22,000 of those were classed as high risk offenders. Of those, around 5,000 drivers either failed, or failed to attend, their medical.

E-Training World offers a free system regarding drinking and driving called

We also provide an e-learning module regarding drink and drug driving.

For more information, contact Jonathan Mosley, Director – Sales and Marketing on 0845 260 7998 or email