Dozens are detained in drink-drive crackdown

Generic pictures of West Yorkshire Police tackling drink-driving at Christmas. Picture Scott Merrylees
Generic pictures of West Yorkshire Police tackling drink-driving at Christmas. Picture Scott Merrylees
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TWENTY-SEVEN people were arrested for drink-driving across West Yorkshire over the weekend, bringing the total to 60 since the county’s force launched a pre-Christmas crackdown.

The total number of those held for being over the prescribed alcohol limit or refusing to provide a specimen on what was expected to be one of the busiest weekends of the year includes 14 from Leeds and the surrounding area.

West Yorkshire Police has pledged to publish the age, gender and home town or city of every motorist caught drink or drug driving in the county in the run-up to Christmas.

A total of 189 people were arrested last December for allegedly getting behind the wheel while over the limit, including 70 in Leeds.

Among those stopped was a 19-year-old man from Meanwood charged with being over the prescribed limit in nearby Alwoodley in the early hours of Sunday.

Though levels of drink-driving have been falling steadily since the 1970s, police in West Yorkshire are worried that dozens are still caught flouting the law in the county each December, with those aged 25 to 34 the most likely to be stopped.

According to Inspector Joanne Field, who leads the Safer Roads and Neighbourhood Support teams, the arrests vary from those just over the 35 microgramme limit to those who are three times the limit and can barely stand.

She said: “This year we had the 50th anniversary of the drink-driving campaign, which shows how it has progressed. It has gone from it being acceptable to it being socially unacceptable. If you get a drink driving conviction now it is on your record for ten years and that might make you unemployable.”

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