Sheffield: Moment drink driver crashes car
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But Nicola West was spared jail despite being some four times over the legal limit. The 44-year-old driver crashed her black BMW into the concrete base of a support post in Manor Top, Sheffield, but luckily no one was hurt.
The clip, played at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court, shows West driving down the 30mph dual-carriageway adjacent to tram tracks.
But she veers out of her lane and collides with the concrete post, flipping the BMW.
West admitted drink driving and was disqualified from driving for 48 months on Friday.
However, the judge suspended her 15-week prison sentence for 15 months, and instead gave West 100 hours of community service and told her to pay £85 in costs and a £128 victim surcharge.
Police have now released the footage to warn others about drink driving over Christmas, reports Yorkshire Live.
The court heard that after the crash, which happened at 8.30am on July 6, West came in at four times over the legal driving limit when she was tested for alcohol at the roadside.
South Yorkshire Police says drink drivers risk their own lives, as well as those around them.
Sergeant Matt Duffy, of the force’s Roads Policing team, said: “We hope this goes to show that drink driving will not be tolerated on the roads of South Yorkshire.
“Luckily in this instance, nobody was badly hurt. But often this is not the case. When you get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and drugs it is not just your life you are putting in danger but those of everyone around you.
“This can be fellow drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, public transport users. Please think twice about ever getting behind a wheel in this state.”
There is no way of knowing what a “safe amount” of alcohol is in your blood and any amount of alcohol or drugs impacts on safety.
You are three times more likely to crash if you have any alcohol in your blood and driving under the influence of drugs doubles the likelihood of being involved in a collision.
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