Devon’s alcohol and drug drivers banned in 2022


It’s less than two weeks from 2022, and already drunk and drugged drivers have been brought before Barnstaple magistrates and delivered justice.

Several young men in their 20s have been caught driving with cannabis in their system, while older offenders have been over the limit for drinking and driving.

Driving under the influence of drugs and / or alcohol is listed by police as one of the “deadly five”, alongside not wearing seat belts, using a telephone, speeding up and to be reckless.

Read more: Slouched Driver Arrested After Being Caught With “Drug Cocktail”

The five dead are responsible for many of the most serious injuries and deaths on roads across the country.

In the UK, the legal limit for drinking is 35 micrograms (UG) of alcohol per 100 milliliters (ML) of breath, 80 milligrams (MG) per 100ml in your blood and 107ug per 100ml of urine.

In 2017, the UK took a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to the eight most commonly used illegal drugs, meaning the legal limit is something above what can be termed ‘accidental exposure. “.

For cannabis, this limit is 2 ug per liter (/ L) of blood, 10 ug / L of blood for cocoa and 20 ug / L of blood for ketamine.

While the offenses were committed last year, the early January hearing date combined with mandatory driving bans means they won’t be back on the roads until 2023 at the earliest.

Here is a summary of the drunk driving and drug use sentences handed down so far this year:

Richard Taylor, rue Fore, Northam, Bideford

Age: 24 years old

On May 10, 2021, Richard was caught driving a BMW 120D in Rakeham Hill, Torrington, while under the influence of cannabis. A screening test showed that he had 4.5 ug / L in the blood.

He was fined £ 120, ordered to pay a victim fine surcharge of £ 34 (a penalty applied to all convictions that goes to support victims of crime) and £ 85 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS ) – a total of £ 239.

He was banned from driving for 16 months.

Thomas Westlake, rue Fore, Hartland, Bideford

Age: 20 years

On June 2, 2021, Thomas was caught driving a Renault on North Road in Hartland while under the influence of cannabis. A doping test showed he had 2.1ug / L in his blood.

He was fined £ 120, ordered to pay a victim fine surcharge of £ 34 and £ 85 in costs to the CPS – a total of £ 239.

He was banned from driving for 12 months.

Caine Allen, Aspen Grove, Fremington, Barnstaple

Age: 27

On June 10, 2021, Caine was caught driving a Vauxhall Astra on Chichester Road in Barnstaple while under the influence of cannabis. A screening test showed that he had 3.7 ug / L in the blood.

He was fined £ 120, ordered to pay a victim fine surcharge of £ 34 and £ 85 in costs to the CPS – a total of £ 239.

He was banned from driving for 36 months.

Sam Wyatt, Victoria Road, Ilfracombe

Age: 36

On November 15, 2021, Sam was caught driving a Ford Transit on the A3125 at Barnstaple without insurance and under the influence of alcohol. A breathalyzer showed Sam had 84 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of breath.

He was fined £ 230, ordered to pay a victim fine surcharge of £ 34 and £ 85 in costs to the CPS – a total of £ 349.

He was banned from driving for 22 months. Sam’s driving ban will be reduced by 22 weeks if an approved rehabilitation course is completed by April 5, 2023.

Sowan Islam, Bridgeland Street, Bideford

Age: 28

On June 18, 2021, Sowan was caught driving a BMW 120D on Northdown Road in Bideford while under the influence of cannabis. A screening test showed that he had 7.0 ug / L in the blood.

He was fined £ 400, ordered to pay a victim fine surcharge of £ 40 and £ 85 in CPA costs – a total of £ 525.

He was banned from driving for 27 months.

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