James Moore has called for greater awareness and knowledge on how disability can impact a person’s motor skills after he was wrongfully pulled over by police, suspected of drink driving.
Taking to Twitter to share his experiences, Moore – known for playing Ryan Stocks on the ITV soap – revealed that a member of the public called the police suspecting Moore of driving under the influence after seeing him leaving a restaurant with his girlfriend.
Living with ataxic cerebral palsy, Moore’s speech and movement is impacted.
Charity Ataxia currently run a campaign entitled Disordered Not Drunk to highlight how ataxia can disrupt the perception of people.
Symptoms can include being wobbly, with assumptions a person is drunk commonly being misjudged.
Moore’s recent experience highlights the conversations that are still necessary in terms of understanding disability and how certain conditions can impact motor skills.