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Police launch drink-drive campaign with dramatic video

By mwill  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

Poster for the drink-drive campaign

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Devon and Cornwall Police has released dramatic video footage of a drink-fuelled collision as part of the Force's annual drink drive Christmas campaign.

The campaign, which will run throughout December, highlights the damage caused by drink driving and aims to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads.

The CCTV footage shows a drink driver crashing into the Three Elms pub in Brixham, Devon and seriously injuring landlord Kevin O'Neill.

Leigh Brennan, 45, from Brixham, lost control of his Volvo in March this year as he drove through the town at 60mph and crashed into the porch of the pub. The landlord was standing in the doorway and suffered a crushed pelvis, broken ribs and spinal injuries after being buried under masonry.

In July the driver received a 12-month prison sentence and was banned for driving for two years.

Inspector Richard Pryce, head of roads policing at Devon & Cornwall Police, said:

"The devastation caused by drink driving can be seen clearly in the CCTV footage. There was a group of people stood outside the pub just moments before the crash and it is a miracle that no-one was killed and only one person was injured.

"If you drink and drive your chances of getting caught by police are high and the consequences are life changing. As well as the potentially tragic consequences, someone who is caught drink driving faces losing their livelihood, a driving ban, a hefty fine or spending time in prison."

Officers in Devon and Cornwall will be carrying out roadside checks in the evenings and early mornings.

Inspector Pryce added "We will not tolerate drink driving at any time of the year but we will ensure close attention is being paid over the festive period. The message is simple: don't drink and drive."

CCTV footage of the crash at the Three Elms pub in Brixham

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  • woe_is_me1  |  December 02 2012, 8:44AM

    MrVanKleefe - these half lifes have a perpensity for violence, anti-social behaviour and general stupidity without the alcohol. The booze merely serves to remove any inhibitions or sense of conscience. If killing a bunch of disease-spreading badgers is in any way justified, then how about a good cull on humans? Come on, we all think it. We all have a little bit of the elitist in us.

  • MrVanKleefe  |  December 02 2012, 4:59AM

    Why don't people find something more original to do than drinking themselves silly during December? Too many loonies fighting for taxis, fast food and any other reason. Most of the problems caused by drink are not drink drivers ...anti-social behaviour, vandalism, domestic violence and increased workload on the NHS. The message should be don't drink too much, maybe some video of someone vomiting in a taxi or bottling a queue jumper. The media promotes people to get drunk and then says by the way don't use your car for 24 hours. Join a gym folks before the January rush, much better company than a cramped booze pit.