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Renewed call to 'dob in' drink and drug-driving suspects

Renewed call to 'dob in' drink and drug-driving suspects

Published at 12:48pm 18th January 2016. (Updated at 12:50pm 18th January 2016)

Police in West Yorkshire are praising the public for helping to identify suspected drink and drug-drivers.

157 people were charged during the Christmas campaign, which officers say is a "significant" reduction compared to the previous year.

The most common age range for those charged was 25 to 34 years old.

Inspector Joanne Field, who leads West Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing Unit, said: "We would like to thank concerned members of the public who reported drivers who they suspected were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"We offered them an easy and efficient way to report drivers they believed to be affected by alcohol or drugs and this seems to have made potential offenders think twice before getting behind the wheel over the festive period.

"The number of drink-driving charges is decreasing nationally which is a step in the right direction - this could be that we have been constantly reminding people about the consequences, or people have decided that it is simply not worth the risk.

"We are still concerned about the number of young people who have been charged. Drink-driving can have devastating consequences for the person behind the wheel and for other drivers on the roads or pedestrians.

"We are extremely pleased to see a drop in the figures a year on and we hope that the public will continue to support this campaign throughout the rest of the year to help us do everything we can to deter people from driving under the influence."

Members of the public can use the force's online reporting system if they are concerned about anyone getting behind the wheel under the influence.

Information can also be reported via the non-emergency number 101.