Getting behind the wheel while drunk can cause untold destruction and ruin countless lives – but every year, drivers are hauled before the courts for their selfish and reckless actions.
Driving while over the limit puts others on the road at serious risk as well as pedestrians.
Cases that have recently gone through Liverpool Crown Court have shown the devastating consequences that drink driving can have.
One case saw a taxi driver and his passenger killed after a drink driver ran a red light, while another horrific crash saw a pedestrian undergo a double leg amputation.
The potential to cause serious life changing injuries or even death is truly frightening.
Here are some of the worst cases of drink driving which resulted in criminal convictions in recent months.
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Drink driver left woman needing double leg amputation
Rebecca Hodgson, 38, from Ellesmere Port, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving in June following a horrific crash in September 2018 which left one woman with life changing injuries.
Her victim, Kara Prentice, was left a double amputee after the crash in New Brighton almost two years ago.
Ms Prentice and Mark Pascoe were getting into a taxi on Seabank Road in New Brighton, Wallasey, at around 7.30am, on September 7, 2018, when the incident took place.
Hodgson sped down the road in a black Renault Megane, with an expert report concluding that she was travelling between 50-55mph on a 30mph road prior to the crash.
The 38-year-old collided with a red Peugeot and then the taxi – crushing Ms Prentice between them.
Taxi driver James Foulds described seeing Ms Prentice laying half on the kerb, half on the road.
Despite telling officers she'd only had a couple of cans and hadn't eaten, a roadside breath test found that she was close to twice the legal limit.
She was sentenced to three years in prison – reduced from four and a half years due to her early guilty plea.
Hodgson was also disqualified from driving for five years and ordered to pay a victim surcharge.
Disqualified drink driver went 80mph in a 20mph to try and escape police
Daryl Stanley, 38, from Dingle, had previously been disqualified from driving after he was caught 16 times over the limit for benzoylecgonine, the major metabolite for cocaine.
But despite his ban, he was caught by police drink driving after he took his friend's mum's Volkswagen Golf without her permission and tried to drive home at 6am.
Police spotted Stanley running a red light and he then accelerated up to 80mph in a 20mph zone as he tried to escape officers.
He made his way to Childwall Valley Road, drove the wrong way round a traffic island, and bounced over speed bumps on Hartsbourne Avenue.
Mr Criddle said Stanley finally stopped in Hathaway Close, where he got out, the Golf rolled back into the police car, and he ran off.
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He was caught nearby and taken to a police station, where he refused to provide samples of either breath or blood.
Stanley later admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified, two counts of failing to provide a specimen and driving without insurance.
In his sentencing remarks, Judge David Aubrey QC said that he decided not to send Stanley to prison on the grounds that his partner was a key worker for the North West Ambulance Service and who would be forced to take time off to carry out childcare duties should he be sent to prison.
He was handed a suspended 10 month prison sentence, a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and a Thinking Skills Programme.
He was also banned from the road for a further three years and warned by the judge: "If you go anywhere near a motor vehicle, off to custody you go."
The speeding drunk driver who killed two parents
Ryan Howard, 27, from St Helens, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving back in February after he smashed into a taxi after a heavy drinking session.
Howard's BMW crashed into a Ford Mondeo on the East Lancashire Road at 5am, killing mum-of-two Michelle Jennings, 35, who was a passenger in the taxi at the time.
Driver Dave Sherwin, 51, suffered severe injuries and the dad-of-one died in hospital two weeks after the crash.
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Lying Howard, 27, initially claimed Mr Sherwin had crashed into him before eventually admitting his dangerous driving caused the tragedy.
The court heard how Howard had driven to Liverpool with a friend the previous evening and had been drinking in pubs and clubs until 4.30am.
He sped through red traffic lights at 83mph before crashing into Mr Sherwin's Ford Mondeo as it pulled out of Bridgehouse Lane.
He was jailed for nine years and banned for driving for nine years.
The drinking driving mum who 'almost killed couple and didn't care'
Samantha Pye, 24, was one and a half times over the drink drive limit when she sped through a 40mph zone at 70mph narrowly missing a couple walking on the pavement.
Pye, from St Helens, nearly hit the pair when she lost control at a roundabout and ht a kerb.
The mum-of-one was already banned fro driving at the time of the incident, after she was caught drug driving.
Back in December, she was given a 12-month road ban and a fine for drug driving prior to this latest offence.
Police said she flew past a patrol car in Carr Mill Road at around 7.20pm, before crashing her vehicle in nearby Woodlands Road.
Pye, who was slurring her speech, had 52 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.
She pleaded guilty to failing to comply with emergency coronavirus restrictions and was fined £100 by magistrates on April 23.
She also admitted dangerous driving, drink driving and driving while disqualified, and was sent to the crown court for sentencing.
She was handed a suspended 12 month jail sentence along with a 20 day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, a three month curfew from 7pm to 7am and a three year driving ban.
Creep who stank of booze followed women in his car
James Bowman, 40, was jailed after admitting assault and false imprisonment after he drove round Whiston targeting vulnerable women.
Bowman, who was described as smelling of booze at the time, trapped a 75-year-old woman in his car and asked her obscene questions as he drove round targeting lone women in broad daylight.
She only managed to escape when the car halted and she could leave, running up to a stranger for help.
The dad of four next approached a care worker, who was in Rainhill at about 2.10pm walking along Warrington Road to get her bus home.
After winding down his window he beckoned her over – and as she thought she knew him, she approached and, when asked, gave him her name.
He told the care worker he needed help, at which point she smelt alcohol on his breath and began to walk away.
Bowman refused to provide a breath test but a blood sample revealed that he was twice over the legal drink drive limit.
He was given a two year and eight month sentence, half of which is to be served in prison and the other half on licence.
He was also banned from driving for four years and four months.