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Speeding drink driver who ploughed into river is spared jail

A drink driver who drove at speeds across the Isle of Wight before ploughing into a river has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Estate agent, Lucy Wilton, 29, from Northcliff Gardens, Shanklin, was almost four times the limit when she drove a company car through the Coppins Bridge safety barrier in the early hours of 18th February.

Wilton had to be rescued from the vehicle in River Medina by emergency services, before being taken to hospital. She escaped serious injuries.

Wilton, pleaded guilty to drink driving and was sentenced to eight weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to complete a community order with a requirement to complete 25 days of rehabilitation and 100 hours of unpaid work.

She has been banned from driving for 32 months and must pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Think before you drink - the plea from the family of a man killed by a drink driver

The family of a man from Oxfordshire killed by a drink driver is urging drivers to THINK twice before getting behind the wheel if they've had a drink this Christmas.

Graham Ruecroft was knocked off his bike and left to die in the road. The driver, a mother of three, was twice over the limit .She was jailed for four years and disqualified for eight.

Our reporter Mel Bloor has been out with police in Reading as they try to catch drivers over the limit.

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Christmas drink & drug driving crackdown starts

Police officer holding an alcohol testing kit

The annual police crackdown on drink and drug driving starts today.

Dorset Police, for example, say their traffic officers will be out in force raising awareness of the dangers involved. More people are expected to be spending time out drinking with friends and colleagues for special occasions during this month's festive season than any other time of the year.

“I have attended far too many road deaths as a direct result of drink and drug driving. I have seen far too many families devastated.

“Alcohol and drugs impair many of the functions necessary for safe driving; reaction times and spatial awareness are affected significantly. This may still be the case the morning after, depending on how much alcohol you consumed the night before and when you stopped drinking.

“If you take the risk, you could kill or seriously injure another person. Drink and drug driving affects real people with real families. Please plan ahead this Christmas and take responsibility.”

– Inspector Matt Butler, Alliance Roads Policing Department

Summer drink-driving crackdown begins in Surrey & Sussex

Police start their summer drink-driving campaign

A summer crackdown on drink driving is starting across Sussex and Surrey.

The county's police forces say they will be focusing on people who may be drink too much alcohol while watching Euro 2016 or attending events such as parties and barbecues.

"A lot of people like to have a drink when the sun is out, whether they are on holiday, having a barbecue, enjoying the UEFA European championship or just relaxing with friends. And whilst we encourage everyone to enjoy themselves and have fun in the sun, we also want them to act responsibly.

"If you're driving to an event or a venue, think about your journey home and plan ahead. Book a licensed cab, take public transport or get a lift with someone who hasn't been drinking or taking drugs. Please don't be tempted to get behind the wheel and drive yourself, even if you think you're fine.

"There is a thin line between being under and over the limit, and that's why we encourage people to drink or drive - not both, it's not worth the risk."

– Inspector Alan Nicholls, Surrey & Sussex Roads Policing Unit

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Increase in Wiltshire drink driving figures

Police are disappointed with the figures Credit: ITV

Wiltshire Police made 68 arrests for suspected drink/drug driving offences between 1 December 2015 and 3 January 2016. This compares with 54 over the same period in 2014.

Sergeant Gavin Brewster, of the Wiltshire Road Safety Unit, said: “The number of positive results is significantly higher than last year, which saw a total of 54 positives or failing to provide a sample.”

Officers say they are disappointed that so many drivers have ignored their warnings.

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