Harrowing dashcam footage shows danger of drink driving as man is sentenced
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Harrowing dashcam footage has captured the moment a motorcyclist was hit by a drunk driver on the A3 near Thursley in July last year.
The footage, recorded by the driver’s own dashcam, shows him weaving in and out of the dual carriageway and driving well above the speed limit before failing to notice a motorcyclist driving ahead of him. He collided with the motorcycle at 84mph, leaving the motorcyclist with a broken back and deep cuts to his elbow.
The driver was arrested at the scene and blood analysis later showed that he had 105mg of alcohol per 100ml in his system, above the legal limit of 80mg per 100ml.
Nuno Ferreira, 45, of Silo Drive in Godalming, was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for four years at Guildford Crown Court on 26 May.
Police Constable Chris Nicholson from the Roads Policing Unit, who investigated the case, said: “This was a traumatic incident for the victim, who suffered life-changing injuries as a result of Ferreira’s selfish decision to drink and drive.
“I would like to thank the victim for giving us permission to share this haunting footage to highlight the consequences of drink driving.
“I would also like to remind the public that even if you think you’ve had a drink but feel fine to drive, you are not. By getting in the car after drinking alcohol, you are putting not only your life at risk, but the lives of innocent members of the public who are just going about their day. It is never acceptable.”