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VIDEO: Police release shocking video of drunk driver

WARNING: SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND THE VIDEO DISTURBING

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Whilst we usually only cover Crawley and Gatwick this video released by the Police must be seen by everyone as it shows a visual example of the horrors of drink driving, please watch.

The journey of a drink-driver has been captured through this shocking footage released by police.

The video shows the moment a woman crashes into a parked car in Bexhill, having been seen swerving across the road and clipping kerbs for several miles previously.

Taken from the offender’s own dash cam, the footage has been released to highlight the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.

PC Nathan Langley, of the Polegate Roads Policing Unit, said:

“The dangers of drink-driving are well-documented – it can seriously impair your reaction times, concentration levels, and judgement of other road users and hazards. But a lot of people may find this difficult to visualise.

“Now, through the release of this footage, we can show you exactly what it looks like to drive under the influence of alcohol, and you can see just how shocking it is.

“The scary thing is this isn’t a particularly unusual or extraordinary example of drink-driving; the driver has displayed a number of characteristics which you would typically expect. What you wouldn’t expect, of course, is for someone in such a state to get behind the wheel of their car.”

Police were first alerted to the incident at 5.24pm on 4 April by a member of the public concerned for the driver of a white Vauxhall Corsa described as repeatedly clipping the kerb on the A259 Marsh Road.

Shortly afterwards, a further call was received by another member of the public who reported the same vehicle being driven erratically before crashing into a parked Audi A4. Following this, the suspect reversed and drove off, before stopping again a short distance later.

Officers arrived at the scene in Turkey Road and the driver was identified as Louise Willard, 41, a teacher, of Ashby Close, Bexhill. Fortunately, she was uninjured.

She was required to undergo a roadside breath test, which she failed, and she was subsequently charged with driving with 94mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. The legal limit is 35mcg. She was also charged with failing to stop after a road traffic collision.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (25 April), Willard pleaded guilty to both offences and was disqualified from driving for 24 months. She was also sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring her to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

PC Langley added: “We hope by releasing this footage that people will take note. If you’ve ever considered drink-driving, think again. Or, if you have done it before, don’t even think about doing it again; the next time could be your last.

“Every year, people’s lives are destroyed by drink-driving. In Sussex in 2017, a total of 13 people were killed and a further 65 were seriously injured in drink-driving related collisions.

“The law around drink-driving is in place for a reason – it is there to keep you safe and to deal robustly with those who compromise the safety of themselves and others by driving while under the influence.

“Remember, drink OR drive; never both.”

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

A minimum 12 month ban;
An unlimited fine;
A possible prison sentence;
A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
An increase in your car insurance;
Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

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  1. Reginald Bowler

    26th April 2018 at 9:44 pm

    2 1/2 times over the limit. Hm. The same as the average-weight man having anout 5 1/2 pints of ordinary strength beer before driving. Not very good at all.

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Crawley’s driving test pass rates fall for fifth consecutive year

Over a year has passed since the new driving test was introduced but figures released from the DVSA seem to show the fall was happening before this.

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40.7%, this is the current pass rate for drivers of the practical exam in Crawley.

Yet five years ago back in 14/15 it was 47.2%, a drop of almost 7 percent and one that has come from a regular drop in passes years on year.

The drop is also consistent with men as it is with women.

In 14/15 the pass rate for men was 49.7% while the pass rate for women was 44.9.

Now the rate for men has fallen to 43.3% and women to 38.1%.

The biggest drop was between 16/17 and 17/18 when the new test was introduced where the overall pass rate fell from 44.8% to 41.6% with similar numbers taking their test.

A driving instructor we spoke to from Crawley who asked to remain anonymous said:

“About 50% do not pass their test on the first attempt and the most common cause is the lack of preparation. It is because so many new drivers start out excited about learning to drive but when the costs start mounting up they start cutting corners, and take their driving test when they are not read and so do not pass. They then spend more money taking their test again. Unfortunately driving tests have really become money driven now.”

Another instructor who also asked not to be named said:

“It’s interesting to see the fall when in-fact the new test is actually easier than the old one. Where the old test made you take a drive then do some manoeuvres, the new one is basically drive from A to B, park up, then drive back again.”

The DVSA figures that are published take in periods from April to March so the final figure for 18/19 is not in fully, but if it continues at the rate it has the past five years then it can only be predicted to be lower than it is right now.

DVSA Chief driving examiner, Mark Winn said:

“DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving.

“All candidates are assessed to the same level and the result of their test is entirely dependent on their performance on the day.”

“It’s essential that all drivers demonstrate they have the right skills, knowledge and attitude to drive safely. The driver testing and training regime tests candidates’ ability to drive safely and responsibly as well as making sure they know the theory behind safe driving.”

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