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Brake slams dangerous driver footballers who risk causing injuries

In an attempt to heighten awareness of the dangers of speeding and drink-driving, and the catastrophic personal injuries which can result from related car accidents, road safety campaigners Brake have gone on record to highly criticise "reckless" Premier League footballers after the most recent prosecution.

Manchester City player, Michael Johnson has become the latest high-profile footballer to be prosecuted for a driving offence. He was banned for three years after crashing his Mercedes CLS 350 into a parked car while being on bail after a suspected drink-driving offence.

In court, Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge of being unfit to drive through drink and also admitted that he had driven while under the influence in Manchester, two months before.

A spokesperson for Brake said, "It is appalling to hear of so many Premier League football players behaving recklessly behind the wheel.

"Footballers are role models for thousands of people and by choosing to speed and drink-drive, often repeatedly, they send out a worrying and dangerous message that this behaviour is acceptable."

Motoring offences have been committed by other such names as Shay Given, Carlos Tevez, Peter Crouch, Aleksandar Kolarov, Darren Fletcher, Kevin Nolan, Chris Eagles, Jermaine Pennant, Dietmar Hamann, and El Hadji Diouf in the past two years.

Brake is urging courts to help in the reduction of car accident personal injuries by making an example of these offenders and asking all motorists to act responsibly on the roads.



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