Over 200 people across West Yorkshire have been arrested for drink or drug driving since the beginning of December.
The Force has been once again using the ‘Not The Usual Suspects’ campaign to highlight that anyone can be a drink or drug driver, challenging the belief that most people hold that young men are the only ones who drink or drug drive.
- Since 1 December, 225 people have been arrested with 45 of them being for drug driving offences.
- Of those charged, there were 30 from Bradford, 22 from Kirklees, 41 from Leeds, 23 from Wakefield and 14 from Calderdale
- The peak time for arrests was between the hours of midnight and 3am with 32 per cent of arrests carried out
- 36 people between the ages of 35-44 were arrested and another 10 people over the age of 55
- The most people arrested in one day was 14 on 9 December
- Over the Christmas period – 12 were arrested on Christmas Eve, 11 on Christmas Day and 13 on Boxing Day.
Police Sergeant Gary Roper of the Roads Policing Support Unit, said:
“Throughout the duration of our campaign in December, we have seen over 200 motorists arrested, with 45 of those for drug driving offences. We are now heading into the New Year and I would like to remind people to consider their travelling arrangements if they are out and about celebrating and not to drink or drug drive. No one wants an officer on their doorstep telling them their loved one is never coming home, especially not due to a drink or drug driver. Our message remains the same – if you are out over the New Year, assign a designated driver, book a taxi or use public transport to get home. Don’t get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. The results could be life changing for you, your passengers or other road users around you. We would much rather people didn’t get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or consuming drugs, however, we have teams of officers policing the county to arrest those that do. The likelihood is that if you do drink or take drugs and drive, there is a very good chance you will be stopped by the police and action taken against you. I continue to urge people to consider the very real, and often devastating consequences of drink or drug driving, and for them to think again. It quite simply isn’t worth the risk. On behalf of the Roads Policing Teams at West Yorkshire Police, I would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year.”