Officers are releasing CCTV footage of a road traffic collision in Hemel Hempstead involving a drink driver to illustrate the dangers of getting behind the wheel when over the limit.
PC Daniel Webb said: “This drink-driver drove down Maxted Road at speed and failed to turn at the junction with Swallowdale Lane. Instead CCTV footage shows the vehicle leaving the ground and crashing into the car park of a business premises, narrowly missing an electrical substation.
“He not only put his own life at risk but also the life of his two passengers. His reckless behaviour could have also put other road users and wider members of the public at risk of serious injury or even death.
“This CCTV footage demonstrates how good driving judgement is compromised when a motorist has been drinking alcohol, which also creates a feeling of overconfidence and slows down your reactions.”
The legal drink drive limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath, which equates to roughly* four units of alcohol for men and three for women before you become legally unfit to drive.
PC Webb added: “Any amount of alcohol will negatively affect your ability to drive. We advise that if you’re drinking, even just one, please don’t drive. Instead arrange for an alternative way to get home.”
If you suspect someone is going to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs, call 999 immediately and give the operator as much information as possible. This will help us reduce the number of drink drivers on our roads.