drunk in charge of carriage

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It is an offence contrary to s 12 of the Licensing Act 1872 to be in charge of any carriage (and also, inter alia, any horse or cattle) on any highway or other public place when drunk. The section applies to cyclists (Corkery v Carpenter [1951] 1 KB 102). The prosecution must establish that the defendant was not merely under the influence of drink but ‘drunk’. The penalty is a fine at level 1 on the standard scale or one month's imprisonment.

Subjects: Law.

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