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Motorist gets road ban after dashcam caught him crashing while drunk

The drink-driver caught by his OWN dash-cam: Motorist, 56, gets road ban after footage showed veering onto wrong side of street and hitting parked car while three times over legal limit

  • David Leahy, 56, was banned from driving from 30 months and fined £576
  • A passer-by saw him hit a street sign on August 12 and reported him to the police
  • Leary from Patchway, South Gloucestershire, was arrested later that evening 
  • He pleaded guilty to drink driving earlier this month at Bristol Magistrate’s Court 

A drink-driver has been banned after his dangerous driving was captured on his very own dashcam.

The footage shows David Leary, 56, knocking down a street sign, mounting kerbs, veering onto the wrong side of the road and colliding with a parked car, while driving at more than three times the legal limit on August 12.

A member of the public, who saw the offender’s car strike a signpost in the Gloucester Road area of Bristol, called the police and followed him back to his house.

Officers arrived just minutes after the offender arrived back home and promptly arrested Leary for drink driving.

Leary, from Patchway, South Gloucestershire, pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drink at Bristol Magistrates’ Court earlier this month after his dashcam footage was obtained by authorities.

He was sentenced to a 12-week suspended prison sentence, disqualified from driving for 30 months, fined £576 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £128.

The footage shows David Leary, 56, knocking down a street sign, mounting kerbs, veering onto the wrong side of the road and colliding with a parked car

Leary was three times over the legal limit when his erratic driving was noticed and reported 

He was sentenced to a 12-week suspended prison sentence, disqualified from driving for 30 months, fined £576 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £128

PC Wayne Carhart, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘The offender’s own dashcam footage clearly shows the lack of control he had over his vehicle.

‘It’s frightening to see the risk he posed to other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians as he made his way home that day.

‘There’s absolutely no excuse for getting behind the wheel intoxicated. 

‘It can have devastating and life-changing consequences.

‘We’d like to thank the member of the public who called this incident into us, and we’d urge people to follow suit and report any incidents where they see someone getting behind the wheel having been drinking or taking drugs.

‘It could save a life.

‘Recent information published by the road safety charity Brake shows that even when someone is only just over the legal limit they are still six times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision than someone who has drunk nothing.’

PC Wayne Carhart, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘The offender’s own dashcam footage clearly shows the lack of control he had over his vehicle

Leary, from Patchway, South Gloucestershire, pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drink at Bristol Magistrates’ Court earlier this month after his dashcam footage was obtained by authorities

What is the law on drink driving in Britain and how does it compare to other countries?

England and Wales has among the most lenient drink driving laws in Europe.

Motorists are allowed to have 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath or 107 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine. 

This does not translate into a fixed number of drinks as people of different ages, weights and alcohol tolerance process drink at different rates.

However, as a rule of thumb most drivers drinking would limit themselves to around one pint or one glass of wine.

But ministers have faced calls to change the law so that drivers are not allowed to consume any alcohol before they get behind the wheel – or at least far less.

In most other European countries, the limit is less, usually 50 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood3.

The alcohol limit for drivers in Scotland is lower than in the rest of the UK after they lowered it to 50 milligrammes of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of blood in December 2014. 

 

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