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Police: Don't pay the ultimate cost by drink or drug driving this Christmas

Police:  Don't pay the ultimate cost by drink or drug driving this Christmas

Published by Lisa Darvill at 11:30am 3rd December 2019. (Updated at 11:35am 3rd December 2019)

West Yorkshire Police are urging people not to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs. 

  • The force has launched its Christmas campaign to try and reduce drink and drug driving
  • It'll be carrying out increased patrols
  • It's using the hashtag #WYPTheCost to raise awareness 
  • Last December it arrested over 350 people for drink or drug driving

Throughout December, West Yorkshire Police will be carrying out increased enforcement activity and reminding people of the potentially fatal consequences of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

The Force will be using the hashtag #WYPTheCost as part of the campaign. 

During last year’s enforcement campaign from 1 December, 2018, to 1 January, 2019, there were 284 arrests for drink driving and 92 arrests for drug driving.

A poster to mark West Yorkshire Police's anti drink and drug driving campaign
The force is also focusing on drug driving

 

Chief Inspector Lisa Kirkland, Head of West Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said:

"What we are asking is for people to plan ahead and think not just about how they are going to get home on a night but also about their plans for the following morning.

"Every year, we catch people driving under the influence of drink or drugs not just in the evening but also the next day, dropping the children at school, driving to work, taking the car on a Christmas shopping trip.

"Christmas can be costly enough but think about what it would mean for your new year to be facing losing your licence, an unlimited fine and potentially time in prison.

"That really is the best case scenario as well. Drink or drugs has been listed as a contributory factor in 15 fatal collisions in West Yorkshire this year to date." 

Chief Inspector Lisa Kirkland, Head of West Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing Unit

 

Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for West Yorkshire, said:

“I would urge everyone getting behind the wheel to be sensible and ensure that they are safe to drive, otherwise the consequences for them, their loved ones and other road users could be devastating.

“We want everyone to be safe and make the right choices, this campaign aims to raise awareness, whilst reminding potential drink or drug drivers that West Yorkshire Police will be increasingly on the lookout.

"I hope that this initiative will help to underline what is important at this time of year, and it certainly isn’t making potentially dangerous decisions putting other people’s lives at risk to drive whilst unfit or under the influence."

A poster to mark West Yorkshire Police's anti drink and drug driving campaign
West Yorkshire Police will be sharing messages on social media throughout December

 

Roads policing officers will be tweeting details of every arrest for drink or drug driving in West Yorkshire. You can find out more about the campaign and the work of the Roads Policing Unit by following the @WYP_RPU Twitter account.

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