Road safety cam­paigner’s drink-drive crash shame

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Chris Slater

AFORMER Tory coun­cil­lor who cam­paigned on road safety ploughed into a fam­ily’s car while nearly twice the drink-drive limit.

David Buck­ley, 69, was driv­ing on the wrong side of the road when he smashed into Dianne and Lee Oliver and their two young chil­dren in a ‘headon’ col­li­sion, a court heard.

Mr Oliver and his wife were rushed to hospi­tal after the crash. He be­lieves ●● for­mer Tame­side coun­cil­lor Buck­ley should have got a tougher sen­tence, after he es­caped with just a fine.

The drama unfolded at around 9pm on Sun­day, July 9, said Kerry Evans, pros­e­cut­ing.

Mrs Oliver was driv­ing along Hud­der­s­field Road in Moss­ley when she spot­ted a car com­ing to­wards them on the wrong side of the road.

She slowed down to the point she was sta­tion­ary, also sound­ing her horn, but the black Seat Sport be­ing driven by Buck­ley con­tin­ued and ploughed into them. The airbags de­ployed and all four were able to scram­ble to safety as paramedics at­tended.

Mrs Oliver suf­fered fa­cial in­juries in­clud­ing black eyes and a sus­pected bro­ken nose as well as a dis­lo­cated finger, on which she has re­quired an op­er­a­tion. Mr Oliver suf­fered a bro­ken wrist.

The chil­dren, aged six and four, were asleep at the time and es­caped with cuts and grazes from their seat­belts.

Buck­ley was ‘barely able to stand’ after get­ting out of the car, War­ring­ton mag­is­trates court was told.

Po­lice at­tended the scene near Moss­ley Hollins High School and of­fi­cers could smell al­co­hol on him so ar­rested him. At the po­lice sta­tion he gave a read­ing of 69mg of al­co­hol in 100ml of breath, al­most twice the limit of 35.

Buck­ley, who has Parkin­son’s dis­ease, says he can re­mem­ber noth­ing about what hap­pened.

Gina Clay­ton, de­fend­ing, said he had re­cently started tak­ing new med­i­ca­tion for his con­di­tion and he be­lieves he may have suf­fered a re­ac­tion with the al­co­hol.

She added: “He is very re­morse­ful. He has taken these pro­ceed­ings very se­ri­ously. He is not some­one who has an ad­dic­tion or other is­sues associ­ated with al­co­hol.”

Buck­ley, of Fold Cres­cent, Staly­bridge, pleaded guilty to drink-driv­ing and driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion at the hear­ing.

He was banned from driv­ing for two years and ordered to pay a to­tal of £725 in fines and costs. of TMC stu­dents gain em­ploy­ment or progress into fur­ther study within 6 months of grad­u­at­ing.*

David Buck­ley

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