West Yorkshire Police once again plans to “name and shame” motorists as part of its Christmas drink-drive campaign.
Throughout December, the force will be posting details on social media of everyone who has been charged on suspicion of exceeding the drink-drive limit or taking drugs before getting behind the wheel.
These tough tactics were trialled for the first time last year and officers believe they proved an effective deterrent, intending to take the same approach this year.
This year’s festive crackdown will officially be launched tomorrow (Tuesday), with “It’s not worth the risk” being the slogan in 2015.
Insp Joanne Field, who heads up West Yorkshire Police’s roads policing unit, said: ‘‘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 or using drugs and then getting behind the wheel.
“We want those who witness someone clearly drinking too much to drive to call us, but we’d like to encourage people to think about the people they see or know who regularly drink and drive and report them too.
‘‘Each year we stop hundreds of people who are clearly not in a fit state to drive through drink or drugs. The 2015 campaign is about hammering home the message that on a daily basis people across West Yorkshire are risking their and other people’s lives and that drink or drug driving has extremely serious consequences.’’
The force concedes that drink driving offences are falling nationwide, but added that the decline was not as dramatic as some people presumed.
Last December, West Yorkshire Police charged 183 people with drink and drug-driving offences. Close to three quarters of those prosecuted were men and 70 of the incidents happened in the Leeds area.
Drink driving and driving whilst unfit through drugs are both serious motoring offences that can result in imprisonment and disqualification from driving. If you are facing charges of this nature and need expert legal advice, please contact the road traffic team at Lester Morrill today.