Drink-drive mother given custodial sentence

In July I wrote about the case where a mother was found to be driving whilst four and a half times the legal drink drive limit following a member of the public alerting the police having seen the driver’s five-year-old daughetr in destress.

Today, the mother appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court for sentencing and was sent to prison for a period of 80 days and also banned the mother from driving for a period of three years.  Befoe sentencing the mother, Sheriff William Gilchrist said to her:

You endangered yourself and members of the public, and you had your five-year-old child in the car, exposing her to danger.

You clearly have an underlying alcohol problem, and have undergone several detox programmes and several admissions to hospital.

Social workers have serious reservations about your willingness to detoxify. Given the gravity of the offences, a custodial sentence is the only appropriate one.

A truly shocking case and one that deserved a custodial sentence and a lengthy driving ban.  Hopefully the mother will be able to recover from her drinking problems in the time that she is banned from driving.