West Dorset drink drivers banned and fined

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TWO men from West Dorset have been named and shamed as part of the Dorset Police annual drink-drive campaign.

A total of 65 people were charged with drink driving related offences by the police during the crackdown, which ran from December 1 and ended on New Year's Day.

Jamie Mark Toates, of Haye Lane, Lyme Regis, was banned from driving for 18 months by Weymouth Magistrates.

Prosecutor Lee Turner told the court that a Renault Clio was being driven on the wrong side of Clappentail roundabout in Lyme Regis at 11.40pm on December 27, by the intoxicated 26-year old.

Toates was pulled over by police just as he reached his home.

Toates, who pleaded guilty to drink-driving, gave a reading of 66 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Defending, Max Owen said that Toates had only had one can of beer before going out to the pub, and when leaving the venue still believed he was under the limit.

He was banned from driving for 18 months, to be reduced by 134 days upon completion of a drink drivers' course, and was also fined £150, ordered to pay costs of £85 and victim surcharge of £20.

Silvere Autier, aged 32 of East Road, Bridport, was also banned from driving for 17 months by Weymouth Magistrates' Court.

Autier was pulled over by police in St Andrews Road, Bridport, on December 21 at 2.25am.

He pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle when above the alcohol limit and gave a reading of 67 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

District judge Stephen Nicholls banned Autier from driving for 17 months, with a reduction offered upon completion of a drink driving awareness course.

He was also fined £300, ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30.

Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police's Traffic Unit, said the force will continue enforcement throughout 2014.

He said: “It's really disappointing that so many people continue to not only put their own lives at risk but also the lives of other innocent road users.

“I have seen far too many lives lost due to drink driving. Research has shown that even one drink can impair the ability to drive so please don't get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all.”

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