West Midlands Police has vowed to continue putting the brakes on drink drivers – after stopping a motorist who dangerously swerved into oncoming traffic and towards a bus stop while over four times the limit.
In the footage (below) the driver of a Ford KA can be seen swerving all over the road, somehow believing that activating his hazard warning lights in some way ‘excuses’ his behaviour.
West Midlands Police has insisted there will be no let up in stopping irresponsible motorists who ignore all warnings and get behind the wheel while intoxicated this Christmas; after releasing the footage of a drink driver caught just days after launching a festive crackdown.
The 35-year-old driver weaved across Newton Road, Great Barr, and narrowly missed hitting parked cars in Hamstead Road after being spotted by officers at around 10.45am last Sunday (2 December).
The KA the man was driving was without a front tyre and he recorded 161 microgrammes of breath in 100 millilitres of breath when tested.
The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
West Midlands Police also released video of sparks flying from a BMW X5 which was also travelling on the motorway without a front wheel or back tyre at around 8am that same morning.
The car ended up hitting a crash barrier on the M42 Southbound between junctions four and five.
By releasing this sort of footage, then hopefully the message regarding urging people NOT to get behind the wheel having had too much alcohol to drink might help to prevent drunk drivers from taking to the road.
WMP and Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) are running the month-long drink and drug driving Christmas clampdown throughout this month. Those caught under the influence can face penalty points, a ban and jail.
Sergeant Jon Butler, from WMP, said:
“We can only hope the message gets through that there are real dangers to getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs. This is both to drivers and other innocent members of the public.
“We have a zero tolerance approach and our officers are out there 24/7 to catch those who risk the safety, and lives, of themselves and innocent others.
“Drink driving is unacceptable and we will catch and prosecute those who break the law.”
If you have a story or one-off blog that you would like to share with us, then you can contact our team of former emergency services personnel either through our Facebook page, via twitter ( @ES_News_ ) or you can contact us via email: email@example.com
If you would like to write an article that you would like us to share (it can be about anything to do with the emergency services / NHS) whether you serve in the emergency services / NHS or whether you are a member of the public that has had a good experience with the emergency services, then feel free to contact our team; anonymously if you prefer.
We are proud to act as a voice for the Emergency Services & Health Service, with over 450,000 people visiting our website each month.
Before you go...
We need your help. As former emergency services & armed forces personnel, we pride ourselves on bringing you important, fast-moving and breaking news stories which are free from the negative bias which is often directed at the emergency services by some sections of the mainstream media.
One of the reasons we started 'Emergency Services News' was because we became tired of reading badly informed stories about the emergency services which seemed only ever to highlight negative aspects of the job.
We want to be the unheard voice of the remarkable men and women who serve in the emergency services, NHS and armed forces. And with around 500k page views each month, we are getting there!
As income from ads, the mainstay source of income for most publishers, continues to decline; we need the help of our readers.
And remember, if you have a service, product or job vacancy that you would like to promote to our large readership, then you can buy advertising space in our articles.
You can support emergency services news from as little as £1. It only takes a minute. Every contribution, however big or small, is vital for our future.
Please help us to continue to highlight the life-saving work of the emergency services, NHS and armed forces by becoming a supporter.