Shane Mackay Sentenced to 16 Months for Dangerous Driving Under Influence

Shane Mackay, 36, was sentenced to 16 months in prison for dangerous driving after crashing into two vehicles on the A3 while over the drug and drink drive limit. Mackay's blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit, and he was also over the drug drive limit.

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Shane Mackay Sentenced to 16 Months for Dangerous Driving Under Influence

Shane Mackay Sentenced to 16 Months for Dangerous Driving Under Influence

On May 2, 2024, Shane Mackay, 36, of Farnham, was sentenced to 16 months in prison for dangerous driving after crashing into two vehicles on the A3 near Guildford while more than double the drug and drink drive limit. The incident occurred on December 18, 2022, just before 2:15 am, when police received reports of a van driving the wrong way on the southbound carriageway of the A3 at Thursley, narrowly missing oncoming vehicles.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the alarming risk that drink and drug drivers pose to themselves and others on the road, and serves as a warning to those who would consider getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. The consequences of such actions can be devastating, resulting in loss of life, serious injury, and long-term damage to families and communities.

The van was involved in a three-vehicle collision just outside Guildford, causing substantial wreckage to be scattered across the carriageway. The occupants of the other vehicles were able to climb out and receive medical attention at the scene. Mackay was found lying on the front seat of his van, conscious but smelling of alcohol and slurring his speech. He was cut from his vehicle and taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Mackay refused to provide a specimen of breath at the roadside and was arrested. His blood was tested instead, revealing he had 172 milligrams of alcohol in his blood, more than double the legal limit of 80 milligrams. He was also two and a half times over the drug drive limit. Initially pleading not guilty, Mackay later changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court.

In addition to the 16-month prison term for dangerous driving, Mackay was sentenced to 13 weeks for drug driving, to run concurrently. He was also disqualified from driving for four years and 51 months, after which he will be required to take an extended re-test if he wishes to obtain a new driving licence.

PS Dan Ayrton from the Surrey Roads Policing Unit said, "This case shows the shocking reality of what can happen if you choose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated through drink or drugs. When you see the video, shows the wreckage of the vehicles involved, it is sheer luck that no one was killed or seriously injured in this case. Drink and drug driving will not be tolerated on Surrey's roads, and you should expect to pay the maximum penalty if you are caught."

The sentencing of Shane Mackay serves as a stark warning of the severe consequences faced by those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs. With Mackay's blood alcohol level more than double the legal limit and his drug levels also significantly over the permitted threshold, the collision that occurred on the A3 could have easily resulted in fatalities. The 16-month custodial sentence and four-year driving ban handed down by the court reflect the seriousness of Mackay's offenses and the danger he posed to himself and other road users.