As We Gear Up For Christmas, Remember Drink Driving KILLS!

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This unbelievable footage has been released by police as part of an effort to deter drink drivers.

The video, captured on a motorway camera, shows Brett Gilham driving his VW Golf into part of the M3 where road works were taking place.

He then tries to rejoin the carriageway – but misjudges the manoeuvre.

Instead of smoothly rejoining the carriageway Gilham smashes into a concrete barrier instead.

At this point most motorists would leave their car and wait for help, but the 30-year-old chose to run across two lanes of live traffic narrowly avoiding being hit by passing cars.

He then collapsed on the opposite embankment arrested.

Tests showed he had 105mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood – above the legal limit of 80mg.

The crash happened at 9am on April 4 2017 on the M3 near Chobham, Surrey, between junctions 2 and 3.

Insp Ken Bates from Surrey’s Roads Policing Unit said: “Brett Gilham showed a complete disregard for the safety of other road users by getting behind the wheel while drunk.

“This collision could have had far worse consequences, such as the loss of his life, or his two passengers, who were fortunate to escape without serious injury.

“The drink driving element of this case is reckless enough without then running across live lanes of motorway traffic, which could have caused a crash or resulted in Gilham being hit.

“If you’re going to drink, or think you may still be over the limit, just get someone else to drive – it is as simple as that and may save your life or others.”

Gilham, of Bronte Close, Wellington, Telford, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, drink driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

He was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Friday, 26 October to 15 months in prison.

He was initially disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £140, but the court reviewed this decision on Thursday, 8 October and the decision was made to add an additional three years to Gilham’s disqualification.

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