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    Hi there. I am researching information to help people to know the facts and consequences BEFORE they get in the car after drinking. I want to know the emotions and reactions that you felt when you were stopped and breathalysed and also what was going through your mind at the police station. Also, did you know that you were over the limit before you drove or were you shocked when it was positive? If you knew that you were over the limit, what made you take the risk? Was it a one-off thing or more of a habit that you had gotten into? If anyone is willing to answer these questions it would go a long way to helping other people to not make the same mistake. Because, in most cases, it is a mistake or error in judgement and I really want to make sure that others don't have to go through the same horrible experience and ban. So if anyone out there is willing to answer my questions I would be really grateful.


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    I am doing this for my husband, as I originally posted for him. He crashed his car into a lamppost whilst very drunk. He wrote off his car and the lamppost. fortunately for him, not a scratch. As it was his second offence, he was banned for three years. The emotions he went through during the time were many fold. Mainly he felt stupid, regretfull, and very sorry for himself. He has subsequently had a nervous breakdown. Not as a direct result, but it certainly would not have helped the situation. I tried on many occassion to warn him of the dangers, and as and ex police officer, he should have been aware. However, drink makes one feel super human. And your mind is taken over by some idiot that thinks he knows better. When sober, you know the risks and wouldn't dream of driving. Have that drink and reason goes out of the window.

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    Thanks for your response Pammieq. I really appreciate it and I hope that your husband recovers his mental equilibrium. As you say, one drink can make you no longer see sense. I wish you and him much luck in your future.

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    I am still hoping that anyone out there can help me with this. I remember how terrified I was when I was stopped and breathalysed. The police were rather stern and that made me feel like a really bad person. Having to do a fitness test and walk a straight line etc was bad enough but breathing into the machine at the roadside with a van load of police watching me was the most humiliating experience ever. I kept thinking 'no this can't be happening to me' but I was lucky because the machine turned red and green at the same time so I was told that they would let me off that time as it was borderline. But the whole experience was awful and it stopped me from ever drinking alcohol and driving again.

    Is there anyone on this forum who will tell me about their experience and how they felt please? It could really help other people. I want to put together an information sheet and use some real life experiences so that it makes people stop and think. I won't use any info that will identify and certainly won't be using forum names. Just experiences and emotions. Please can anyone help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ResearcherTerri View Post
    I am still hoping that anyone out there can help me with this. I remember how terrified I was when I was stopped and breathalysed. The police were rather stern and that made me feel like a really bad person. Having to do a fitness test and walk a straight line etc was bad enough but breathing into the machine at the roadside with a van load of police watching me was the most humiliating experience ever. I kept thinking 'no this can't be happening to me' but I was lucky because the machine turned red and green at the same time so I was told that they would let me off that time as it was borderline. But the whole experience was awful and it stopped me from ever drinking alcohol and driving again.

    Is there anyone on this forum who will tell me about their experience and how they felt please? It could really help other people. I want to put together an information sheet and use some real life experiences so that it makes people stop and think. I won't use any info that will identify and certainly won't be using forum names. Just experiences and emotions. Please can anyone help?
    At the time my marriage had broken down, I had lost my home and was drinking heavily. At the time of the offence, I hit a garden wall and fled from the scene. Was picked up an hour or so later, breathalysed and charged. At the time I was at a low point, was drunk, so didnt really care. But in the cold sober light of day, everything hit home, I realised I could possibly sent to prison and it could have been a person and a child I hit instead of a wall. This was a turning point for me, I sought help and stopped drinking heavily.

    I was scared of going to court and felt vey intimidated and ashamed and was dreading the worst case scenario, lived on my nerves until the court case. It is an experience I never ever want to repeat. Things could have turned out so so much worse an all accounts and I am grateful that they didnt. I will never ever drink and drive ever again. It has the potential to cause so much damage and grief to everyone involved.

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    Remember that the emotions don't only apply to the drink driver, they apply to the family as well. When my son was arrested for drink driving I felt it was one of the worst things that had ever happened to me (though I did manage to get a better sense of proportion after a few days – there had been no accident, injuries or deaths, and there so easily could have been). I felt ashamed of what he had done and very angry with him but at the same time he was so upset and frightened I couldn't help feeling sorry for him as well. Many tears were shed all round. My younger daughter was worried sick that her brother would go to prison. We all had sleepless nights and the day in court was one of the longest I have ever known.

    His 14 month ban is having a considerable impact on the rest of us as we live in a rural situation with virtually no public transport, and it is costing us a great deal in time, money and inconvenience to get him where he needs to go. We also had to cancel a family holiday in America because his offence meant he had to apply for a visa and there wasn't time to do so before we were due to leave.

    Maybe considering the consequences not just on you but on those close to you might help some drivers to think twice before getting in the car. Believe me, the repercussions are much greater than you might think.
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    See to be honest, I thought the police were/are ****ers. It's the law and not the citizen/'criminal' at fault. I was really to busy thinking of ways to dodge the breathylser to worry.

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    I was caught drink driving last week. I was locked up in a cell. It's an awful experience but deserved the punishment. I am very upset with myself right now. I'll be put in the paper and people will then know.

    I'll be in court on the 15 Feb. I want it to be over and done with. It's going to change me and it's something I will never do again. I'm in a battle with my emotions right now.

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    In an odd sort of way it was probably the best thing that could have happened to me. I'm less than a month away from getting my licence back after an 18mth ban. My life had been going downhill for a couple of years and I took solace in a wine bottle, not every day and I don't know what triggered these episodes in my head! I should have sought help for depression but was too 'proud!' I have children so I wasn't out on the town but had girlie lunches and on the outside they thought I was happy, after a couple of glasses at lunchtime I'd look forward to getting home and buy a bottle on the way. The day I got caught I can honestly say was NOT the 1st time I had driven being over the limit, although the other occasions I would have probably been borderline or just over! That morning I'd been to see my granddaughter for her birthday and once again painted the smile on, got home and drank 2 bottles of wine feeling very low. I then got a call from my newly ex partner asking for a lift. I think at that point I was too pissed to care. I hadn't got far when I over shot a junction and hit a car! I knew straight away that I'd blown it. Once the driver smelt alcohol on me he quite rightly called the police. By the time they arrived he was yelling. The young police officer asked me to provide a specimen of breath. I refused as I knew in doing so I'd be arrested and I just wanted to get away from the 'yelling man!' I was handcuffed and put in a police van. I remember at that point feeling a calmness that I hadn't felt for months. I was taken to the station and locked up, it was by now 4pm. I then felt despair and think, had I been able, I'd have harmed myself (something I have never told anyone before)! I blew 87, far higher than I'd expected and had to stay locked up until 4am. I was treated very well throughout. The next morning I went to an AA meeting as I was now convinced I was an alcoholic. I stopped drinking and had no side effects, the stories I heard from the others where nothing like mine, after a couple of months I realised I wasn't dependent on alcohol. I had just needed a swift kick up the backside as I'm sure I was on a slippery slope. I bought a bike and started to ride everywhere, I used public transport and actually started to feel like part of the community. My young teenager daughters realise they have to plan things ahead whereas they had all taken lifts for granted! We've spent far more time together, people watching on buses etc and once I'm on the road again I hope I don't fall back into being an impatient, miserable driver. I didn't take the DD course as for one, I deserved to serve my time, two I wanted to spend the money on my girls and three there is nothing they can teach me as I'm an ex police officer! I have never once complained about my sentence. I'm sorry for all the embarrassment I've caused for my family but I don't feel sorry for myself! P.S I'm 46, have driven since I was 17, never been without a car and never so much as had a speeding ticket.
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    When they pulled me over I thought you have got to be kidding swiftly followed by s**t.

    When I failed the roadside I think I just went into some sort of shock and went on auto-pilot. I was just numb with fear.

    The police were extremely hostile; they could see I was upset. They allowed me to call my partner in the car (I promptly burst into tears) but 'gave' me about 30 seconds before threatening to take the phone away from me.

    They didn't lock me in a cell which I was grateful for but they do treat you like the scum of the earth. I was shaking and tearful. Not that I expected them to give me a cuppa and say there there but I felt there was no need to treat me like I'd just killed an old lady and her puppies.

    When I got home I went into complete shock and had a full on panic attack to which an ambulance was called.

    The next day I was in tears all day, felt extremely ashamed, sorry, regretful and frankly utterly stupid. This has stayed and probably will for a while.

    I also feel terrified of court and the sentence.
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