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More than 150 people have been arrested for drink or drug driving offences in West Yorkshire so far this December.
The arrests form part of the Force’s festive campaign, Not The Usual Suspects, which seeks to remind the public that anyone, regardless of their age, gender or background could be a drink driver.
Since December 1, 158 people have been arrested by the Force, with 58% of those being subsequently charged.
Of the 158 arrests, 33 of those were for drug driving offences. Three of the 33 have been charged to date with others awaiting the results of further tests.
Of those charged, 22 were from Bradford, 10 from Calderdale, 16 from Kirklees, 26 from Leeds and 17 from Wakefield.
“Three weeks in to the campaign, we have seen over 150 motorists arrested, with 33 of those for drug driving offences.
“As we head in to the Christmas weekend I would remind people to consider their travelling arrangements if they are out and about 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 as before. If you are out and about this Christmas, 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 this December, 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.”
“We want everyone travelling on our roads this Christmas to be safe. The consequences of drink or drug driving could be devastating. Do the right thing, and don’t drink or drug drive.”
North Yorkshire Police have arrested 60 people in just 15 days during their Christmas drink and drug driving crackdown.
Of the 60 arrests – 44 were for drink driving and 16 for drug driving. 55 of those arrested are men and 5 women.
Just under a quarter of arrests have been made between the hours of 7.30am and 6pm.
Officers will be out in force over the Christmas and New Year period and we will continue to get dangerous drink and drug drivers off the road.
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North Yorkshire Police made 19 arrests over the weekend as they continued their annual Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving.
The total number of arrests for drink or drug driving offences since the beginning of December now stands at 71 - with 37 of those people charged to appear at court. During last year’s Christmas drink and drug driving campaign which ran between December and January, officers made 118 arrests. The crackdown will continue into the New Year with targeted patrols on the roads across North Yorkshire.
The number of arrests over the weekend was staggering and quite frankly extremely disappointing. Despite repeated warnings about the dangers of drink and drug driving it is hard to believe that people still find it acceptable to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. I have said it many times before, the safe limit is zero. If you are going out intending to have a drink make sure you arrange some alternative transport to get home.
53 people have now been arrested , with 24 due in court, since this summer's campaign against drink and drug driving in North Yorkshire was launched last week.
The campaign’s focus for this year is aimed at younger drivers and raising awareness of the dangers of driving the morning after a night out.
The campaign coincides with the 2014 FIFA World Cup, when large numbers of people are expected to visit pubs to watch the games. Anyone expecting to have a drink late at night should not only make sure they have plans to get home safely, but also ensure they are safe to drive the following morning.
Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton, of the Force’s Roads Policing Group, who is leading this year’s campaign said: “Anyone who is considering taking the risk of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs needs to know that we have officers on patrols across the county ready to catch them.
“We have a number of court dates set so that we can bring offenders to justice at the earliest opportunity.”