West Midlands Police have today (08/06) released pictures of a horrific crash to warn the consequences of driving under the influence.
The pictures taken following the smash on the M6 earlier this year show the devastating carnage that can, and does, materialise when people high on drink and drugs choose to get behind the wheel of a car.
The collision, which happened on 4 March, was caused by 24-year-old Mohammed Nameer of Dudley Road, Winson Green. Nameer didn’t have a licence and was high on cannabis and alcohol at the time.
His blue Audi ploughed into the back of the private hire vehicle, flipping it over and trapping the occupants inside. The motorway was closed for several hours as a result and cost thousands to repair.
Miraculously no one lost their life in the incident, but the pictures illustrate just how narrowly all of those involved escaped death and serious injury.
Last week Nameer was sentenced to three months in prison. He’s been banned from driving for two years, ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and pay fines to his victims and the Crown Prosecution Service.
PC James Barry who worked on the case said the scene depicted the awful reality of drunk and drug driving and hopes the images will deter others from making the same mistake this summer.
He said: “Choosing to get behind the wheel under the influence can have an effect not only on you, but also on other road users.
“Alcohol affects everyone’s driving for the worse – there are no exceptions. It creates a feeling of overconfidence, makes judging distance and speed more difficult and slows your reactions so it takes longer to stop. Drunk and drug driving often leads to serious accidents, injury and death.
“On this occasion the people involved were lucky to escape with their lives. The same cannot be said for many, many other innocent people who have died on the region’s roads.”
If you want advice or more information on drink and drug driving, visit the Government website THINK!
The national summer drink-drive campaign starts next week.