By Jaimie Kay
During last year’s enforcement campaign that ran from 1 December 2018 to 1 January 2019,West Yorkshire Police (WYP) made 284 arrests for drink driving and 92 for drug driving.
WYP have launched a new campaign urging people to not drink and drive.
The campaign is called #WHYPTheCost and will see more officers on the roads taking the time to remind people of the potential fatal consequences while driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
After the recent success of the driving whilst using a mobile phone campaign, the police will be using the hashtag #WYPThe Cost to highlight the impact drink/drug driving can have on a person’s life.
Consequences of drink/drug driving can include prison time, unlimited fines and a ban on driving, in the most serious cases it can have a serious emotional impact on those involved and families if they have lost someone as a result of a drunk driving collision.
Chief Inspector Lisa Kirkland, Head of West Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said:
“Every year we catch people driving under the influence of drink or drugs not just in the evening but alsothe next day, dropping the children at school driving to work,taking the car on a Christmas shopping trip.”
Chief Inspector Kirkland wants “us all to look out for each other and for pedestrians as well to be mindful of their own safety.”
Throughout December, roads policing officers will Tweet details of every arrest of drink or drug driving in West Yorkshire.
More can be found out about the campaign and the Policing Unit’s work by following their Twitter page.
You can report anyone you suspect to be a drink / drug driver using an online form.
The form is not to be used if a crime is in progress.