Police release video to target drink drivers

Police have released a hard hitting video targeting drink drivers.

West Yorkshire Police have released the video to expose the realities of drink driving and what happens to those left behind including .

Chief Inspector Mark Bownass, leads the Major Collision Enquiries Team (MCET) which deals with fatal road traffic collisions.

“I want people to watch this and be shocked and upset by what they see and hear. Lindsay has very kindly agreed to share her tragic experiences in the hope that it stops people from drinking and driving. When you watch this put yourself in Lindsay’s position and think about how you would feel if it was you and your loved ones involved.

“If we stop just one person from getting in their vehicle and driving over the limit then we will have succeeded.”

Lindsay’s parents, David and Dorothy Metcalf, were involved in an accident on the Stanningley bypass on January 1, 2012.

The driver of the vehicle which hit their car was being driven by Eduard Mereohra, he was charged with death by dangerous driving and sentenced to nine years in prison.

Last year 2318 people were stopped for drink driving in West Yorkshire and seven people died as a result of drink driving collisions. So far in 2013 up to April 691 have been stopped for drink driving and two people have died as a result of drink driving collisions.

Chief Inspector Bownass added: “You might not even know you’re over the limit. It takes time for alcohol to leave your system so it’s quite possible that if you’ve been drinking into the early hours and are driving later that morning, such as going to work or shopping or visiting a friend, you could well still be over the limit. If you are at all in doubt then don’t drive - it’s not worth the risk and you will have to live with the consequences for the rest of your life.”