Two drink-drivers are already facing Christmas without their licences having been banned by South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

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Warehouseman Christopher Lawrence was disqualified from driving for 18 months after being caught behind the wheel in Ipswich Hospital car park while more than twice the limit.

The 38-year-old, of Ashground Close, Trimley St Martin, was arrested on November 7 after police were alerted by a member of the public.

Lawrence had been driving his Toyota Avensis at the time.

A breath test showed he had 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcgs.

Lawrence admitted drink-driving at his first hearing.

In addition to his driving ban, he was fined £120 and told to pay £20 to the victims’ fund. He was also ordered to pay £85 towards prosecution costs.

Meanwhile, Alan Bettles, of Birkfield Drive, was stopped by police while driving a Ford Mondeo in Church Road, Tattingstone.

A member of the public had seen the 64-year-old driving away from a pub car park at around 8.35pm on November 8.

A breath test showed he had 42mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath.

Bettles was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also fined £110 and ordered to pay £20 to the victims’ fund and £85 costs.

6 comments

  • The annual drink driving focus is a bit of comedy really. Drink driving causes a very few accidents. Most are due to excess speed which is considered OK and drivers being distracted whilst updating their Facebook page, texting or talking on the phone all of which seems to be OK. There are laws against these but there not enforced and when they are or are identified as the cause of a fatality or serious injury that has (and its rare) actually been investigated the CPS won't prosecute for anything worth a damn knowing full well when they do, the offender will get of with a £30 quid fine. But don't let the facts get in the way of a good story.

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    IanW

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • There's still loads of drink driving going on, but there are so few police on the roads that it largely goes unpunished. Most of the on-duty police are in town centres late at night, looking after the drunks. You only have to drive along colchester road valley road late on a friday night to see it. We need more police on our streets and we need to free them up from the huge burden of paperwork they are forced to waste their time on.

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    Alice

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • Totally agree with this name and shame campaign but no photo's of them? Having your name in the paper is not going to attract much attention but your photograph will. As for the comments about clubs and pubs providing their own security- they do but just chuck them out on the street- not their problem anymore (only have to watch "Bouncers" on the tv for confirmation of that). As for drink driving only causing a few accidents. Alcohol effects people in different ways - in some it will reduce their reaction times and in others gives them a sense of elation, hence speeding. Having seen the effects of drink drivers at first hand, I do not have any sympathy for those who do get caught. Just hope their are enough officers available to re-act to tip offs by members of the public.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • not one single drink limit its easy then you know if over or under . if you touch one drink your over. also give a spell in the cells for a week

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    Lee mundy

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Hardly a huge burden of paperwork . You cannot expect to not have paperwork when laws are involved . The paperwork is as little as it could be . The Places that sell alcohol should employ their own security and free up the Police from looking after the results of their businesses . The Football Club has stewards and this has reduced the amount of police at football , why not the town centre pubs and clubs ?

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • Until people are banned for life Drink Driving will continue . Change the punishment and then change the alcohol limit to say 10mcg in 100ml breath

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, December 2, 2013

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