Another Drugged Driving Case
Posted by Childress on June 24, 2006
Here's yet another case of drugs, impaired driving and death; from Birmingham England:
A motorist who killed a passenger while "showing off" in his car just four months after getting his licence back has been jailed for five years.Emily Samuels, who was not wearing a seat belt, died from multiple injuries after being flung from the back seat of Thomas Bushby's car and landing in a hedge.
Bushby, who had only received his licence back after a previous ban for dangerous driving, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court yesterday to causing 24-year-old Emily's death by dangerous driving.
Bushby (20), of Stable Yard, Ban-bury, was jailed and banned from driving for six years.
Louise Pierpoint, prosecuting, said that on March 25 Bushby went to Emily's home in Brooke Close, Stratford, where he was going to stay after they had been to a party.
A later blood sample showed he had consumed alcohol and would have been over the legal limit at the time of the crash, as well as cannabis and ecstasy, the combination of which had impaired his driving ability, according to a doctor.
One of my regular pro-drug readers recently sent me a comment — which I didn't post — questioning me for saying drugs caused deaths like this.
If I still had the comment, I'd copy it here because I don't want to misrepresent his point, but as I recall, he said lots of things cause car accidents and to blame them on drugs or ecstasy is wrong. In this story, he would also blame the dead passenger for not fastening her seatbelt.
Anything but blame the drugs.
But the driver had alcohol, marijuana and ecstasy in his system. He might have showed off even without them. He might even have lost control and crashed.
But his chances of doing both — and especially the latter — increase with drug use. That's common knowledge, and he chose to ignore common knowledge, so now a girl's dead and he's in big trouble.
Someone will probably write me now saying we should ban ice because it causes accidents. Terrible how drugs muddle the brain, eh?