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Force launches its festive drink drive campaign

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West Yorkshire Police has launched its pre-Christmas drink drive crackdown, warning drivers not to endanger themselves or others.

“It’s not worth the risk” is the message behind this year’s campaign, which aims to dissuade people from breaking the law after an office party or night out with friends.

As part of the initiative, the force will be published the age, gender and hometown of every person charged with driving while over the limit or failing to provide a specimen.

Insp Joanne Field, who leads West Yorkshire Police’s road policing unit, said the effect of a drink driving conviction could be “disastrous”.

“Driving while under the influence of drink or drugs is always a significant danger, but at Christmas the risks are even more prevalent with darker nights, bad weather and sadly, more people taking the risk by drinking and then getting behind the wheel.

“The 2014 campaign is about hammering home the message that on a daily basis people across West Yorkshire are risking their own and other people’s lives and that drink driving has extremely serious consequences.”

Last December, the force arrested 189 people (157 men and 32 women) for drink and drug driving offences.

Motorists in Leeds and Bradford accounted for more than half of those detained and the majority of arrests took place between midnight and 1am on Sundays. As in previous years, 24 to 35-year-olds were most likely to fall foul of the law.

At Lester Morrill we are experienced in handling cases relating to drink driving and through our experience we will look to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, as well as advising you on mitigating circumstances which may help to avoid disqualification. To find out how we can assist you in such matters, contact us today.

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