Drink-Driving Pensioner Banned For Five Years After Third Offence
A 73-year-old pensioner has been told she would “kill someone” if she continued to drink-drive.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard how it was Heather Dailly’s third appearance, where on this occasion she pleaded guilty to driving with 73mcg alcohol per 100ml breath.
A neighbour saw Dailly getting into her car and driving home while under the influence. Although the neighbour informed the police, Dailly was already home when they arrived.
Sheriff Alastair Brown warned Dailly: “This is the third time you have been convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
“If you keep doing this you will kill someone. You must stop.”
Dailly was placed under a community payback order as a direct alternative to jail, with Sheriff Brown adding: “You are too old to go to prison”. She has been ordered to undertake 200 hours unpaid work, which must be completed within 6 months.
She was also banned from driving for five years, and must take a test before being allowed back on the road.
Anti-drink-drive campaigners have criticised her actions. Spokesman for road safety charity Brake Mike Bristow said: “This is quite clearly an extreme case of a driver who simply does not understand the potential consequences of her actions behind the wheel.
“Driving under the influence of alcohol drastically affects reaction times and is a selfish act which could result in loss of life.
“The fact that this is a repeat offender clearly demonstrates that we need to see tougher punishments to prevent repeat offenders continually breaking the law.”
Road safety manager for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Nick Lloyd added: “Last year 220 people were killed and 1,160 were seriously injured in drink-drive accidents.
“Fortunately no-one was injured in this case, that that does not change the seriousness of the offence.”
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