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TR FAN 18
07-09-11, 17:20
A woman who drove the wrong way for 23 miles on the M5 in Somerset has been jailed for nine months.

Deborah Hunt, 43, from Langport, drove north on the southbound carriageway of the motorway in July, from Bridgwater towards Weston-super-Mare.

She was twice over the drink-drive limit and had no insurance, Bristol Crown Court was told.

Hunt pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and without insurance.

She was also banned from driving for 15 months and will be required to take an extended driving test.

She wept in the dock as Judge Mark Horton said he would be failing in his public duty if he did not jail her immediately for so serious an offence.

Judge Horton said it was "unbelievably fortunate" no-one had been killed or injured by her as she drove at 60mph in the dark after 23:00 BST.

The court heard that Hunt, an unemployed former financial adviser, was suffering from alcoholism and stress caused by her unemployment.

She is also fighting her ex-husband for custody of their children.

Hunt joined the motorway at junction 24 and briefly headed south before doing a U-turn and driving north.
Caused 'terror'

She drove along the outside lane of the motorway before eventually coming to a halt on the hard shoulder.

She was found by police near junction 21 on the hard shoulder struggling to restart the engine of her partner's Peugeot 806.

Judge Horton said Hunt had caused "terror" to other motorists.

"You risked causing massive loss of life and huge destruction of property," he said.

"You suffer from a severe illness, alcoholism is a severe illness.

"It is tragic in one sense that society has forgotten, in its obsession with the damage caused by drugs, how much more damage is caused by alcohol.

"It is clear that the combination of the stress and alcoholism you have suffered created an extremely dangerous position, culminating in this offence.

"I would be failing in my duty if I did not reflect the seriousness of what you did by imposing an immediate custodial sentence."

Supt Ian Smith from Avon and Somerset Police said: "Deborah Hunt was lucky not to have killed someone or herself.

"Drink-driving is in itself an inherently dangerous act but to drive on a motorway contrary to the flow of traffic is an outrageously perilous act that could have resulted in the most catastrophic of consequences.

"What makes this more appalling is the lack of regard she has shown in terms of the consequences of her criminal actions that may have resulted in her own death or serious injury."

Source: BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-14820305)

It's a miracle that she never killed anyone or got killed herself! :eek: How she only got 9 months in jail and 15 month driving ban is beyond me. She shouldn't have been driving in the first place!

trXD
07-09-11, 17:21
Lmao women drivers.

Love2Raid
07-09-11, 17:23
Lmao women drivers.
NO, drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.

Spong
07-09-11, 17:25
It's a miracle that she never killed anyone or got killed herself! :eek: How she only got 9 months in jail and 15 month driving ban is beyond me. She shouldn't have been driving in the first place!

Absolutely agree with all points :tmb:

xXhayleyroxXx
07-09-11, 17:27
I've nearly had a collision with a car driving towards me over the speed limit on my side of the road. Scariest thing ever. I hate idiots who put so many lives at risk.

Kelly Craftman
07-09-11, 17:31
OMG there's worse driver than me?! :eek:

How does someone get on the wrong way on a motorway? And for 23 miles did no-one notice her? :p

Another Lara
07-09-11, 17:40
How does someone get on the wrong way on a motorway? And for 23 miles did no-one notice her? :p

Exactly what I was thinking...!

Spong
07-09-11, 17:54
How does someone get on the wrong way on a motorway?

By consuming enough alcohol to render her two times above the UK drink-drive limit.

NRO.
07-09-11, 18:07
I finally appeared on the news. :D



jk. But I'm a terrible driver.

toxicraider
07-09-11, 18:19
God, on a motorway? I'm amazed she actually managed to last that long.

remote91
07-09-11, 18:21
Hot mess.

Seriously though, stupid bitch. I understand she lost her job and her husband left her prior to this but come on.. that's simply horrendous.

tomekkobialka
07-09-11, 19:19
My dad drove to Wales (from London) last night, thank god he made the journey! :o

Cochrane
07-09-11, 19:47
Part of me wants to make jokes about different sides of the road to drive on, but really, this is inexcusable. Good thing nobody got hurt.

Gracious Days
07-09-11, 19:53
Part of me wants to make jokes about different sides of the road to drive on, but really, this is inexcusable. Good thing nobody got hurt.

Wow, I just realized I kept imagining her speeding down the left side of the road. :o

I feel sorry for her and her personal issues but yes, she should never have gotten into a car. She should consider herself lucky she's not injured or dead, and that no one else is either.

Draco
07-09-11, 20:16
I reckon the custody fight has been resolved definitively now.

LaraDuh
07-09-11, 20:22
lol silly drunk people :rolleyes:

sierra xb
07-09-11, 21:16
I've nearly had a collision with a car driving towards me over the speed limit on my side of the road. Scariest thing ever. I hate idiots who put so many lives at risk.

I'm right there with you Hayley...I live in an area with NO straight sections of roads (just curves), and people are constantly cutting the corners and crossing into the oncoming lanes, even on corners that you cannot see around...some of these people need to be taken off of the roads before they kill someone.

Ora Dagger
07-09-11, 22:02
I've seen a couple of these news stories on the news already. People really are.....strange.:confused:

xXhayleyroxXx
07-09-11, 23:20
I'm right there with you Hayley...I live in an area with NO straight sections of roads (just curves), and people are constantly cutting the corners and crossing into the oncoming lanes, even on corners that you cannot see around...some of these people need to be taken off of the roads before they kill someone.

Its so scary :( The biggest threat here at the moment is road rally racing. People my age race each other on main roads :/

sierra xb
08-09-11, 00:36
Its so scary :( The biggest threat here at the moment is road rally racing. People my age race each other on main roads :/

we get something like that here too...except it is striaght-line drag racing. People get killed from it all the time (and usually NOT the idiots doing the racing)

Saman
08-09-11, 08:24
OMFG! She's worth diver ever!

Crazy Chick!

EscondeR
08-09-11, 08:33
By consuming enough alcohol to render her two times above the UK drink-drive limit.

And BTW what's the drink-drive limit in UK?


What can I say, she didn't get enough for that escapade... but thank God she wasn't driving a truck.

Shark_Blade
08-09-11, 09:17
http://i.imgur.com/aAIS3.jpg

knightgames
08-09-11, 09:59
OMG there's worse driver than me?! :eek:

How does someone get on the wrong way on a motorway? And for 23 miles did no-one notice her? :p

In this case it sounds like she purposely turned around on the literal highway.

Sometimes on darkly lit roads with poorly lit access signs, people will enter the off ramp by accident and without realizing it be driving the wrong side of the highway. Other times ,and sadly the more prevalent reason, is drunk driving. It doesn't happen often but I've heard about this occurring more than one would imagine.

3 years ago I heard of a crash in New York State where a drunk driver was traveling the wrong way at excessive speed. The driver went head long into a limousine and killed several people - one an 8 year old girl whose head was decapitated from the impact.

The mother was so distraught she was found by police holding her daughter's head in her lap crying uncontrollably. They were coming home from a wedding.

It happens. Thankfully, more often than not, no one gets hurt because the driver realizes it in time or police intervene.


http://www.cafemom.com/journals/read/208318/Ever_held_a_child_s_decapitated_head


EDIT: I just finished reading this article. My heart broke. I was familiar with the story, but many of the details I didn't know. If you need a good reason to remind yourself NOT to drink and drive READ THIS, PLEASE. It's long or I'd copy paste it here.

Read it.

I know first hand what it's like to lose someone in a drunk driving accident. You DON'T recover. You just don't. Reading this just makes me want to kill a drunk driver. (I won't, don't worry I'm not psychotic.) The level of pain one selfish act can cause is immeasurable.

Romantics Inc.
08-09-11, 10:14
What the hell is a WOMAN doing driving!!?? :mad: (just kidding everyone hahaheheh
That's crazy!!

TR FAN 18
08-09-11, 11:24
And BTW what's the drink-drive limit in UK?

I believe it's 35g and she was TWICE over that.

EscondeR
08-09-11, 12:03
0.35 mU :eek: In Russia it is 0mU...
Though driving while twice UK limit is not a rare occasion

:D

Admles
08-09-11, 12:47
0.35 mU :eek: In Russia it is 0mU...
Though driving while twice UK limit is not a rare occasion

:D
It should be 0 everywhere.

Draco
08-09-11, 16:10
It should be 0 everywhere.

Indeed. Several studies have concluded that even well below legal limits, impairment is significant.