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Drink driver, more than three times over limit, banned after crashing into children's nursery

The BMW came to rest against the building Credit: Sussex Police

A drink-driver who crashed into a children’s nursery in Billingshurst has been disqualified.

At about 2am on Sunday 18 June, police were called to the incident at the junctions of Lower Station Road and Natts Lane.

On arrival, they discovered a BMW 430d had collided with the nursery, both of which were significantly damaged.

The vehicle had demolished a fingerpost, and gone through metal railings and a wooden picket fence, before coming to rest against the building.

Officers identified the driver at the scene as being Craig Grantham, 29, a clerk, of Longhurst Avenue, Horsham.

He was arrested and charged with driving with 113mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. The limit is 35 mcg.

At Worthing Magistrates’ Court he was disqualified from driving for 24 months. He was also ordered to pay a £585 fine, £85 costs and a £58 victim surcharge.

The car left the road and went through two fences Credit: Sussex Police
The scene of the accident - a street sign was knocked over

Council joins campaign to clamp down on drink drivers

Summer drink driving campaign begins in Kent Credit: ITV

Kent County Council is launching its summer drink-driving campaign with new figures revealing around one in six of all road deaths involve drink drivers.

A new study shows that over the last three years there have been 654 crashes and 951 casualties as a result of a driver being impaired by alcohol.

Kent Road Safety is warning that wherever summer takes you - don’t drink and drive.

The campaign runs throughout June and urges motorists to remember that one drink isn’t worth the risk.

Of the 951 casualties, 161 people were seriously injured while 18 people died as a result of drink-driving.

Maidstone had the highest casualties with 109 followed by Thanet with 105 and Canterbury with 100.


Dorset Police to name people charged with drink driving during new campaign

Anyone charged can expect to see their details in the media Credit: ITV

Dorset Police have begun their summer drink and drug driving campaign which is set to run until Friday 30 June.

Anyone charged with a drink driving related offence during the campaign will have their name and court appearance details released to the media. Custody images of those convicted could also be issued.

Drivers are being reminded that the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be devastating and those caught will be publicly named by the Force.

Throughout the month-long operation, officers will be requesting breath tests from all drivers involved in road traffic collisions, irrespective of whether or not they suspect an offence.

Drivers can expect to be tested during routine stop checks and if they are stopped for an offence. Field Impairment Tests (FIT) will be conducted on drivers suspected of being unfit to drive through drugs.

With the weather continuing to get better, we’re at a time when drivers are more likely to risk drink or drug driving after socialising. I would ask those planning to go out for a few drinks to consider how you’re going to get home beforehand. Nationally, on average 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured each year in drink drive collisions. Too many people, fail to consider the untold devastation that drink and drug driving can cause. Alcohol impairs many of the functions necessary for safe driving - reaction times go up and spatial awareness is significantly reduced. You don’t have to be drunk to be a drink driver.

– PC Heidi Moxam, Dorset Police

Summer anti-drink and drug driving campaign begins in Essex

Ant-drink driving campaign Credit: Press Association

Essex Police is launching its summer anti-drink and drug driving campaign in partnership with the Safer Essex Roads Partnership.

For this year’s campaign, which runs between June 1 and June 30, Essex Police has come together with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, the East of England Ambulance Service, and the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance to highlight ‘How it Feels’ to deal with the consequences of drink and drug driving.

Don't drink and drive Credit: Press Association

Building on the Christmas anti-drink and drug driving campaign, it aims to highlight the far-reaching consequences of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs through the eyes of the emergency services which witness it first-hand.

Between April 2016 and March 2017, 1,024 people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving in Essex and 695 were arrested on suspicion of drug driving.

Unfortunately however, there will be people who decide the get behind the wheel having consumed drink or drinks and are not fit to drive. Their selfish and irresponsible actions could result in someone getting seriously injured or even killed and one of our officers, as well as colleagues from the fire and ambulance services, having to deal with the horrific consequences. The scenes our officers and other members of the emergency services witness live with them forever and the last thing they want to be doing is having to knock on someone’s door to tell them a loved one has died. Nine percent of road traffic collisions in Essex are caused by someone who has been drink driving, whilst we have also seen a worrying number of people drug driving. It is reckless, thoughtless, and dangerous. We are better equipped than ever to detect offenders and it is only a matter of time before you are caught and brought to justice.

– Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager

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.

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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