West Yorkshire Police has today launched its Christmas Drink and Drug Driving Campaign.

The campaign runs throughout December as the Christmas party season gets underway because of the associated increased risk that some drivers may be tempted to drive after drinking.

Last year’s Christmas drink drive campaign resulted in 1531 roadside breath tests being carried out and of these 15% (240) resulted in either a positive test or refusal to provide and an arrest being made.

There is an increase in the number of breath tests carried out every December but there is a higher failure rate of about 20-25% during the rest of the year.

As well as identifying drunk drivers the campaign will also concentrate on catching drivers who are also under the influence of illegal drugs. Drug driving carries the same penalties as driving while drunk.

The human cost imposed by drink drivers on their victims or their families can be life changing and cannot be measured.