Dramatic CCTV footage highlights drink driving campaign

Police will be cracking down on drink drivers during the festive season.

Please note: Some viewers may find this footage disturbing.

Devon and Cornwall Police has released dramatic footage of a drink-fuelled collision to try and combat drink driving this Christmas.

The annual campaign will run throughout December, and aims to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads.

The CCTV footage shows Leigh Brennan, 45, crashing into the Three Elms pub in Brixham and seriously injuring landlord Kevin O’Neill after losing control of his Volvo.

Brennan received a 12 month prison sentence and two year driving ban after Mr O’Neill suffered a crushed pelvis, broken ribs and a spinal injury in the collision.

Inspector Richard Pryce, head of roads policing said: “The number of people who are killed or seriously injured by a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs is much too high and can be reduced.

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“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 will be carrying out roadside checks in the evenings and early mornings and breathalyse drivers involved in collisions and those suspected to be under the influence.

“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,” added Inspector Pryce.

“We urge people to think about how they are going to get home after they have been drinking and make arrangements before they go out.

“If you know someone is drink driving, we do encourage you to do the responsible thing and report it to the police.”

To report someone who you believe is drink driving, call 999 instantly. To report someone who regularly drink drives, call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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