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Lifelong effect of drink-driving

A man drinking at the wheel4/12/13

By Will Roberts

Motorists have been urged to think about how getting caught drink-driving could affect the rest of their lives.

The government's road safety arm THINK! has launched a new campaign encouraging all drivers to consider 'the snowball effect' of drink-driving.

For many people, being convicted of an alcohol-related driving offence can have dire effects on their job, with many needing to drive to and from, or at work. 

Drink-driving could affect your career

A driving conviction could also have an impact on future job applications, according to THINK!

People who drive as part of their job are particularly vulnerable but someone with a conviction could also be denied access to millions more jobs.

These jobs include professional driving jobs, teachers, care workers and jobs in banks and finance.

An employer is within their rights to look at unspent criminal convictions.

Employers consider criminal convictions

As many as three quarters of employers admit they take a criminal conviction into account during the recruitment process.

Launching the "snowball effect" drink drive campaign Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said: "For many people Christmas is about spending time with friends and family.

"But if drivers have a tipple they should not get behind the wheel.

"Just one drink can put you over the limit and the consequences are devastating.

Lose your licence

"Not only will you be cuffed and put in a cell, but if you're convicted you will lose your licence and, as this research shows, you could even lose your job."

AA president Edmund King said: "Drink-drive convictions have dramatic and traumatic snowball effects.

"One third of people will lose their jobs and experience years of hiked insurance premiums.

"A snowball might melt away quickly while the effects of a driving ban last way beyond any winter thaw.

"If you are going to drive - don't drink."

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