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A 46-year-old man from Bath has been banned from driving for 24 months after being caught drink driving while more than three times the limit.

Lee Carpenter was stopped by Avon and Somerset Police as part of their annual festive campaign to clamp down on drinking and driving.


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Carpenter, who did not have a driving licence, was breathalysed and found to have 117mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

He pleaded guilty to the charges at Bath Magistrates Court on January 3. He was sentenced to a community order with electronic monitoring and must remain under house curfew for 6 weeks between 7pm and 7am.

He was also banned from obtaining or holding a driving licence for two years and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85.

Supt Andy Williams, head of road safety in Avon and Somerset police said: “Drink/drug driving is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which cause the majority of deaths on our roads.

“The people arrested during the run-up to Christmas chose to drive whilst intoxicated and were acting in an incredibly selfish and reckless manner.

“Those driving under the influence not only risk arrest but more crucially, their own lives and the lives of others.

“Unlike previous years there has been no strong common link or emerging ‘trend’ in drivers arrested. The vast majority of those arrested were over 30 years old and this could be a product of our work with young people in ensuring next generation stay safe on the road.

“We always promote education over prosecution where possible and use a combination of these to tackle drink driving.”

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens added: “The police are committed to keeping the roads of Avon and Somerset safe for all that use them.

“Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is not only a crime, it is socially and morally unacceptable, and I believe the majority of law-abiding people support the police in doing all we can to bring offenders to justice.”

During the crackdown, police got over 340 tip-offs from members of the public who were asked to call or text with information about suspected drink or drug drivers.

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