Video shows dangers of driving over alcohol limit
POLICE have released a horrifying video showing a drink-driver ploughing into pub just seconds after customers went inside, as they launch their annual campaign targeting those taking to the roads over Christmas and New Year.
Devon and Cornwall Police are using the shocking video footage, which can be seen on The Herald's website, to illustrate the consequences of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs – and how carnage can result from flouting the law.
But the main thrust of the Christmas campaign is that all drivers need to recognise the dangers of getting behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs, and to plan their journeys accordingly.
Even as police prepared to launch the campaign last night, a motorist was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.
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A car had been involved in a collision with a parked vehicle in a residential area of the city shortly before 6pm, officers said.
Inspector Richard Pryce, head of roads policing in Devon and Cornwall, said: "Police are vigilant towards people who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs 24/7, 365 days of the year.
"But the Christmas period, when lots of people are celebrating, is a time when the message about the dangers of drink-and drug-driving is given a higher profile.
"We are urging people to take responsibility for themselves and others – and to be aware of the consequences of their actions. If you are thinking of driving after drinking or taking drugs – don't."
Insp Pryce said the video, CCTV footage from outside a Devon pub, demonstrated the potentially catastrophic consequences of a drink-driver's actions.
It shows a group of people move inside the pub, seconds before a vehicle smashes into the area outside the building where they had been standing, sending masonry cascading down. The driver, who had been drinking, was later jailed for a year.
"It amply demonstrates the dangers of being behind the wheel when under the influence of alcohol," Insp Pryce added. "This could have been potentially fatal."
He said that the safety message is aimed at all drivers, regardless of age, and aims to highlight the need to leave sufficient time after consuming alcohol before driving.
To see the police video, log on to www.thisisplymouth.co.uk