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Motoring Law Myths – True or False?

There appears to be an endless list of myths about motoring law, we have compiled a few of the more common ones.



Some of these are genuinely true, some are myths. Can you say which are true and which are just myths?


I need my car for work so I can ask not to be disqualified for drink driving.


You can get points for drink driving rather than a ban.


I drank some cough mixture and it had alcohol in – this put me over the limit.


I have toothache and have been using mouthwash – it put me over the limit.


I have slept since I drank, I can’t be over the limit.


I was in a pub car park – it’s private property so I’m not guilty.


If you are caught speeding at a very high speed you can go to prison.


My breath reading was below 50 the police should have given me a blood test.


I didn’t want to give a breath test; the police should have let me give blood instead.


I refused to give a blood test because I have a fear of needles so I have a defence.


I refused to give a breath test. I can’t be guilty because I wasn’t driving.


I did not receive the Notice of intended prosecution for speeding within 14 days – there is nothing the police can do now.


It is against my human rights to force me to say who was driving when I get a notice of intended prosecution.


They spelt my name wrong on the notice of intended prosecution so I have a defence.


If I give someone’s name and say they have left the country, there is nothing the police can do.


I wasn’t driving, when they sent the form I just said I didn’t know who was driving, I can’t be charged with an offence.


It’s unlawful to be prosecuted for doing 43 in a 40 – you are allowed to go 10% plus 3 over the limit.


If I already have points on my licence, I can just say my wife/husband was driving and they can take the points instead.


If you get 12 points on your licence you have to be banned for 6 months, there’s no way around it.


You don’t need a solicitor for a speeding matter.


I’m good at talking, I’m better doing it myself. If I take a lawyer it looks like I’m trying to get away with it.


I genuinely don’t know who was driving, do I just have to accept it?


Putting a coin under your tongue will fool a breathalyser.


You can drink 2 pints and be under the limit.


If the road doesn’t have a sign warning you of a speed camera the ticket is unlawful.


It’s all a money making scam.


If you get 12 points on your licence in 3 years, you’re a dangerous driver and deserve to be banned for 6 months.


I was just following the line of traffic, the police only stopped me because I have a nice car.




Think you got them all right? 


Let us know of any more ‘Myths’ you have come across.


If you need some expert help to guide you through the maze of motoring myths call us on 01623 397200.

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