Police crackdown on drink and drug driving to prevent Christmas tragedy

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A crackdown on drink and drug driving in a bid to prevent tragedy this Christmas has been launched across Calderdale.

West Yorkshire Police will be making the issue an increased priority as the party season gets underway.

Last year’s Christmas drink drive campaign resulted in 1,531 roadside breath tests being carried out in West Yorkshire. Of those, 15 per cent - 240 - resulted in either a positive test or refusal to provide and an arrest being made.

Roads policing officers will be joining forces with neighbourhood policing officers in drink driving operations to identify persistent drink drivers and will be requiring breath tests from all drivers involved in collisions.

Chief Inspector Neil Hunter, head of Roads Policing for West Yorkshire Police, said: “We want anyone who has been drinking to stop and pause before considering driving and remember the significant financial cost of a drink driving conviction which can include loss of employment, increased or refused insurance and a heavy fine or prison sentence.

“The human cost imposed by drink drivers on their victims or their families can be life-changing and can not be measured.”

People can ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 to report anyone theysuspect of driving after drinking or taking drugs.

They should take not of their vehicle registration number and the places and times that they go drinking.

This information will be passed to police officers to investigate.

The police can also be contacted directly on 101.