Jess’s Story: What a drink drive conviction cost me
Jess, 21, from the Forest of Dean, was banned from driving for 18 months. She had been out drinking with her boyfriend. She decided to drive home.
I had never been in trouble with the police before and I’ll never forget the experience of being arrested, booked into the police cells and being treated like a criminal. It was a moment of madness but it’s had a massive effect on my life. Because of the court hearings and time off work I lost my job and I’m still unemployed now. There isn’t much public transport where I live and because I can’t drive I’ve lost some of my friends. I want to warn others of the consequences of drink driving, because my life will never be the same again. I’m just so glad I didn’t hurt or even kill anyone through my actions.