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High-profile campaign leads to fall in drink-driving offences

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Police have hailed a campaign to tackle drink-driving over the Christmas period, after figures revealed that arrests over the festive season fell by almost a quarter.

In December, 149 individuals across the county were found to be over the limit. This is down from the 189 who were stopped by officers in 2013.

Insp Joanne Field, who leads West Yorkshire Police’s road traffic team, said: “We have seen a drop in the number of charges during this year’s December campaign which is in line with a national trend, but every one person that takes the risk is one person too many.

“The number of young people choosing to drive while under the influence is also a cause for concern, especially as government figures show that young men are more likely to die behind the wheel than any other age group.”

Force-wide, 87 of those charged were under 35. And once again, men were far more likely to break the law than women – five times as many males were stopped during the course of the month.

This year’s drink-drive campaign carried the tagline “It’s Not Worth the Risk” and featured a hard-hitting video, telling the story of a young woman who made the disastrous decision to get behind the wheel while over the limit.

Officers hoped that the final shot of a cell door slamming shut would send a stark message about the consequences of breaking the law.

This year also saw those charged with drink-driving “named and shamed” on the police website.

The fall in offences suggests that the tough new tactics have had an impact, although the message seems to have got through better in some areas than others.

In Bradford, for example, the fall in the number of incidents is far less pronounced than in neighbouring towns (only five fewer than in the previous year).

Drink driving is an offence that can carry serious punishments and it is important that those charged seek expert legal advice as soon as possible. For more details on how Lester Morrill’s road traffic team can help you, contact us today.

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