Police release dashcam footage of driver swerving across motorway as part of Christmas drink-drive crackdown

Police release dashcam footage of driver swerving across motorway as part of Christmas drink-drive crackdown
Police release dashcam footage of driver swerving across motorway as part of Christmas drink-drive crackdown

Police have released shocking footage of a female motorist swerving between lanes on a busy motorway as part of a crackdown on Christmas drink-drivers.

The 25-year-old, who only had a provisional licence, was stopped at 6.20am on October 20 near junction 6 of the M6 in Birmingham and was over twice the legal limit.

She recorded 76 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit it 35.

The motorist had been travelling home the morning after a boozy party and can be seen in dashcam footage dangerously weaving between lanes.

The woman, from Weoley Castle, Birmingham, later pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance.

She was disqualified from driving for 22 months and slapped with fines and costs of £275 at Birmingham Magistrates Court on November 20.

The footage has been released as part of West Midlands Police’s Christmas drink drive campaign

This weekend the force kicked off its annual month-long operation to crackdown on motorists who get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Sergeant Jon Butler, who is leading the campaign, said: “Driving while under the influence of drink or drugs is a dangerous cocktail which can tragically cost lives.

“We want people to enjoy the festive season safely and there is no excuse for being irresponsible or reckless.

“Sadly this footage is not untypical of what we see from someone driving while intoxicated and it can be shocking how alcohol impacts a drivers’ control of their vehicle. Fortunately, no-one was injured on this occasion.”

Officers will carry out roadside breath tests and those caught over the limit risk of penalty points, losing their licence or even time behind bars.

The intelligence-led operation will also see officers armed with drug testing kits to check those suspected of being under the influence of illegal substances.