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A 31-year-old driving instructor from Leigh, Essex, has been banned from driving for 18 months after being caught drug-driving.

Fabienne Taylor was driving from Rayleigh to Southend when police officers stopped her on April 27.

Concerned members of the public reported to police that she may be driving under the influence of drugs, and a roadside test indicated that she may be over the limit.

Subsequent tests showed traces of both cocaine and cannabis in her system.

Southend Magistrates banned Taylor from driving for 18 months, fined her £100, and ordered her to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Sergeant Martin Allen, from the Casualty Reduction Unit, said: “Drug driving is completely unacceptable.

“It slows your reactions and could lead you to have a crash where you or someone else is seriously hurt or even killed.

“I find it hard to believe anyone would want to take that kind of risk with their safety.

“I find it particularly galling in this case as Fabienne Taylor was meant to be responsible for learner and inexperienced drivers and should have known better.

“Her actions were reckless and I am glad she will be off our roads for the next 18 months.”

Police in Essex are encouraging drivers to send in dashcam footage of anyone they suspect of dangerous driving.

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