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Drink-driving motorcyclist who crashed with child on pillion seat gets road ban

A drink rider who took a young child out on a motorbike and was involved in a crash has been banned for two years and told to stay off alcohol for 60 days.

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File photo dated 3/12/2014 of a police officer holding a breathalyser. As many as 19% of motorists have driven the morning after a night of heavy drinking - even when they thought they might have been over the legal limit, according to a survey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 9, 2014. But more than half (54%) of drivers do try to avoid drink-driving by agreeing a designated driver before a night out. Based on responses from 19,887 adults, the AA/Populus survey also found that drinking lots of water and eating a fried breakfast were the two main ways of reducing alcohol levels. See PA story TRANSPORT Drink. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire .

The man, who cannot be named because it would identify the child, was found to be three times over the limit following the crash at the Espley Roundabout, in Hodnet, near Market Drayton, on March 30 this year.

Prosecutor Ros Buttler told the court that the alcohol reading of 105 in his breath is "very high" and three times the limit of 35. The court was told that he had been drinking the night before but thought he was OK.

Miss Buttler said the young pillion passenger had been X-rayed but there were no breaks or visible injuries. But she added that the offence was aggravated by having a child on the pillion while being over the limit.

The man, from Telford, pleaded guilty to drink driving and exposing the child to injury, earlier this year and was sentenced by magistrates on Wednesday.

He represented himself before the bench of two magistrates.

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