Christmas Drink Drive campaign 2021 - Sheffield woman handed suspended sentence and driving ban after admitting driving while over the limit

Date published: 07 December 2021 15:11
Dated: 07 December 2021 15:11:15

A Sheffield woman has been handed a suspended prison sentence and banned from driving for four years after admitting driving while over the prescribed limit for alcohol.

Nicola West, 44, of Mickley Lane, Totley, had lost control of her car and struck the concrete base of a support post for the tram network on Ridgeway Road, near to Manor Top, at about 8.30am on Tuesday 6 July this year.

West appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Friday (3 December) and pleaded guilty to the charge after she was found at the time to be four times over the legal limit – 353 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood when the legal limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

She was disqualified from driving for 48 months and handed a 15-week prison sentence, suspended for 15 months, 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £128 victim surcharge.

The conviction comes during SYP’s Christmas Drink Drive Campaign 2021 in conjunction with the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership and serves as a timely reminder of the dangers of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.

Sergeant Matt Duffy of SYP’s Roads Policing team, said: “We hope this goes to show that drink driving will not be tolerated on the roads of South Yorkshire.

“Luckily in this instance, nobody was badly hurt. But often this is not the case. When you get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and drugs it is not just your life you are putting in danger but those of everyone around you. This can be fellow drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, public transport users. Please think twice about ever getting behind a wheel in this state.”

SYP are reminding drivers to have #NoneForTheRoad if they are going to be getting in a vehicle this Christmas.

There is no way of knowing what a ‘safe amount’ of alcohol is in your blood and any amount of alcohol or drugs impacts on safety.

You are three times more likely to crash if you have any alcohol in your blood and driving under the influence of drugs doubles the likelihood of being involved in a collision.

For more information on drink and drug driving, please visit SYSRP’s website: sysrp.co.uk/drinkdriving

The scene of the incident

The scene of the incident

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