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Ban for new year drink-driver

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

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A BURTON man who was caught speeding at more than 100mph on a motorway while above the legal alcohol limit has been banned from driving.

Omer Karzan, 32, of Ash Street was stopped by traffic police on the Aston Expressway in Birmingham just four minutes into new year’s day.

He was found to have 56 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Karzan appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday where he was sentenced to a 12 month driving ban and will have to pay costs totalling £325.

He had previously pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving without due care and attention.

Karzan, who was spotted driving erratically by officers, will also undertake a drink-driving course.

The sentence comes as Derbyshire Police revealed the results of a drink-driving campaign that took place in December. Almost 15 per cent of motorists breathalysed gave a positive test, refused to take it or failed to provide a sample.

Of 538 breath tests, 79 people gave a positive test, the driver refused to take the test or the driver failed to provide a sample.

In the previous year officers conducted 391 tests and of those 79 people gave a positive test, the driver refused to take the test or the driver failed to provide a sample.

Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, head of road policing, said: “The results this year show a five per cent drop in positive tests compared to last year and a significant drop in under 25s being over the drink-drive limit, which is reflective of the work we are doing with our partners to educate that age group.”

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