Its that time of year when we are all aware of the risks and dangers associated with drink driving and speeding. Halloween, Guy Fawk’s night and Christmas are all constant reminders to those who have lost loved ones to such tragic events but despite the media exposure and Government campaigns the message for some just doesn’t seem to be getting through.
In 2010, 250 people died due to drink driving. By drinking and driving, you risk your life and those of your passengers and others on the road. Today Manchester United’s midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe was been banned from driving for 18 months after admitting being nearly twice the drink-drive limit.
But he’s far from being the only one this year to have his licence suspended and research suggest’s Football has a major problem with players , managers and former pro’s who seem to continue in presenting a major risk to road safety.
Just over a year ago Steve Kean was been banned from driving for 18 months after his claim that his drinks had been spiked following a Manchester United match.
January 2012 Reading FC striker Mathieu Manset was fined £1,400 and banned from the road for a year after refusing a breath test.
October 2012 Jonathan Legear, who plays for Russian club Terek Grozny, appeared in court after the incident, in which one person in the shop was hurt. Security footage showed the player’s Porsche crashing through glass doors at the front of the shop in Tongeren, Belgium.
Francisco Sandaza was banned from driving after he was caught going the wrong way down a one-way street while drunk.The St Johnstone striker spent a night in the cells after being arrested with his girlfriend at 1am. He appeared from custody and admitted driving while he was more than double the legal limit. Sandaza was banned from the road for 16 months and fined £550.
Grant Leadbitter, 23, who plays for Sunderland, had a run-in with fans of fierce rivals Newcastle United while out in the city centre. On his way home, he became convinced that the car following him contained the rival’s fans.
Leadbitter was banned from driving for 14 days, fined £250 and ordered to pay £250 prosecution costs plus a £15 victim’s surcharge.
Leadbitter’s BMW M6 hit a top speed of 112mph in an effort to lose the trailing car, after he had changed lanes and slowed to see if the car would follow. The officer activated the car’s blue lights as his Volvo struggled to keep up.
Footballer Chris Samba has was banned from driving after being caught doing more than 130mph.The ex-Blackburn Rovers captain, 28, drove so fast on his way home from a match in October that police could not keep up with his BMW X6 An officer who gave chase on the M65 said he was left behind “as if standing still”.
Samba, on about £100,000 a week in Russia, admitted speeding and was banned for 12 months and fined £350.
Newcastle United striker Demba Ba has been banned from driving for six months after he was caught speeding on two occasions.
The Senegal international was handed the ban by South East Northumberland Magistrates Court after failing to provide details to the police of who was driving his car when it was twice caught speeding, court officials said.
The 27-year-old had failed to attend court at two previous hearings as well as the sentencing without providing a reason.
The Manchester City star lost his licence after his £70,000 Porsche Carrera crashed into a fence and he refused to tell police who was driving.
The former Liverpool midfielder, 34, was discovered by police in in the early hours of Halloween last year running away from the crash site.
He had been drinking alcohol and when police questioned him about who owned the car he told them: “No, I couldn’t drive like this.”
Magistrates in Macclesfield fined the married father-of-two £7,750 and ordered him to pay £500 costs.His barrister, Tom Gilbart, told the court Hamann earned £30,000 a week. Outside court, the player said he would not be appealing and refused to name the driver of his car.
October 2012 Premier League striker Peter Crouch has been disqualified from driving for six months after clocking up 21 points on his licence.
In March his Range Rover was recorded travelling at 69mph in a 40mph zone and 70mph in a 40mph zone in April.
The 6ft 7in Stoke City star was automatically banned under totting-up procedures just weeks after appearing in court for other motoring offences.
Crouch, 31, was fined £1,300 by magistrates in Nuneaton, Warwickshire for two offences of failing to give police information relating to who was driving a Range Rover which was alleged to have exceeded the speed limit on the M42/M6 Toll Road at Curdworth in Warwickshire.
Crouch, of Mottram, Cheshire, who already had nine points on his licence, did not turn up for the hearing.
He was also ordered to pay £170 costs, with a £15 victim surcharge and had his licence endorsed with a further 12 penalty points.
October 2012 Former footballer Dean Windass has been banned from driving for 28 months after he admitted drinking and driving.
Windass was three times over the legal limit when he crashed his Mercedes into a parked car on Otley Road, Baildon, near Bradford, on 3 October.
Anzal Hussain, prosecuting, said Windass told police he had drunk two large glasses of wine and two pints of lager six hours before the crash, which happened at 05:00 BST.
- 14% of road fatalities in 2010 were caused by drink driving
- A drink drive conviction can result in job loss, strain on personal relationships and higher insurance costs
- Tolerance to alcohol depends on a combination of factors: weight, age, gender, stress and recent food consumption
- The best way to remain safe is not to drink and drive
There are strict alcohol limits for drivers, but it is impossible to say exactly how many drinks this equals – it is different for each person.
The legal alcohol limit for drivers in the UK is:
- 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
- 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
- 107 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine
The way alcohol affects you depends on:
- your weight, age, sex and metabolism (the rate your body uses energy)
- the type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking
- what you’ve eaten recently
- your stress levels at the time
It’s not possible to say how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the limit. There are strict drink driving penalties if you are caught over the limit.