Is It Legal to Sleep in Your Car After Drinking?

Being in charge of a motor vehicle while intoxicated is an offence, so it’s important to be cautious.

Did you know that it is an offence to be in charge of a motor vehicle while intoxicated?

This means that, if you’re inside your car after a few drinks, you might be breaking the law even if you’re not driving it. For example, if you plan to sleep in your driver’s seat and put the keys in the ignition to listen to the radio, you might be charged by the police.

Similarly, if you move your car even a little while intoxicated – such as from one parking space to another – you can also be charged. In other words, you don’t need to be drink driving on the highway to find yourself in trouble.

So, if you’re unsure whether you’re over the limit, it’s safest to avoid being inside or operating your car. This way, you avoid risk to yourself – as well as the chance of a penalty for a traffic offence.

If you’ve been charged with a traffic offence, Brooke Winter Solicitors can help. Contact us for a free initial phone consultation.