Bournemouth EchoDriving ban for carer found over drink drive limit (From Bournemouth Echo)

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Driving ban for carer found over drink drive limit

Bournemouth Echo: Driving ban for carer found over drink drive limit Driving ban for carer found over drink drive limit

A CARER was banned from driving after she was breathalysed on her way home from work on New Year’s Day.

Gynis Ellens was found to be over the limit when she was stopped by police just before 9am just yards away from her house.

A breath test found the 65-year-old from West Lane, Everton, Lymington had 56 milligrams of alcohol per hundred millilitres of breath when the limit is 35 milligrams.

In mitigation, Southampton magistrates heard Ellens’ sister was terminally ill with cancer.

Ellens, who pleaded guilty to drink-driving, was fined a total of £110 and ordered to pay £50 court costs plus £20 victim surcharge and given a 12-month driving ban.

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10:08am Tue 21 Jan 14

crazybird says...

Someone being terminally ill with cancer is not mitigating circumstances! It's a poor excuse! If someone is terminally ill with cancer it would be more sensible not to drink so if you needed to go and visit them at short notice you wouldn't be in this position. No sympathy whatsoever!
Someone being terminally ill with cancer is not mitigating circumstances! It's a poor excuse! If someone is terminally ill with cancer it would be more sensible not to drink so if you needed to go and visit them at short notice you wouldn't be in this position. No sympathy whatsoever! crazybird
  • Score: 14

11:12am Tue 21 Jan 14

John T says...

Poor excuse maybe, but it will get you a shorter driving ban if you can afford a solicitor to represent you.
We are all in this together.
Poor excuse maybe, but it will get you a shorter driving ban if you can afford a solicitor to represent you. We are all in this together. John T
  • Score: 9

11:29am Tue 21 Jan 14

crazybird says...

That may be the case. One of the more concerning things is that she was working as a carer whilst over the drink drive limit - I wouldn't want her looking after one of my nearest and dearest :(
That may be the case. One of the more concerning things is that she was working as a carer whilst over the drink drive limit - I wouldn't want her looking after one of my nearest and dearest :( crazybird
  • Score: 10

11:53am Tue 21 Jan 14

John T says...

crazybird wrote:
That may be the case. One of the more concerning things is that she was working as a carer whilst over the drink drive limit - I wouldn't want her looking after one of my nearest and dearest :(
Yes, but 'working as a carer' could have been hyped up either by her legal representative or the Echo, and she may have been just returning home after celebrating the New Year with her sister.
As so often, we may just have part of the story from the Echo.
[quote][p][bold]crazybird[/bold] wrote: That may be the case. One of the more concerning things is that she was working as a carer whilst over the drink drive limit - I wouldn't want her looking after one of my nearest and dearest :([/p][/quote]Yes, but 'working as a carer' could have been hyped up either by her legal representative or the Echo, and she may have been just returning home after celebrating the New Year with her sister. As so often, we may just have part of the story from the Echo. John T
  • Score: 7

6:19am Fri 7 Feb 14

hamworthygirl says...

taxi would have been a good idea
taxi would have been a good idea hamworthygirl
  • Score: 1

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