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An average of two people a day in Leeds have been charged with offences since West Yorkshire Police started a campaign urging people to “dob in a drink driver”.

Forty motorists have been caught over the limit since the start of December, with 100 facing charges across the whole of West Yorkshire.

The force saw a spike in incidents from last Friday to Sunday, as people enjoyed parties during the final weekend before Christmas.

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Inspector Joanne Field, who leads West Yorkshire Police’s roads policing unit, said: ‘‘Each year we stop hundreds of people who are clearly not in a fit state to drive through drink or drugs.

“The 2015 campaign is about hammering home the message that on a daily basis people across West Yorkshire are risking their and other people’s lives and that drink or drug driving has extremely serious consequences.’’

As part of their anti-drink driving message, this year police are asking members of the public to report people they suspect of getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

They are also publishing details of alleged offences.

In the latest wave of incidents, a 43-year-old man was charged with failing to provide a breath specimen after being stopped on Roseville Road, Harehills, on Monday. A 39-year-old man was charged with the same offence on Roundhay Road.

On Sunday men aged 25, 35 and 45 were charged after being stopped on Thornbury Avenue, West Park, Harehills Road, Harehills, and the M621 respectively.

Last December, West Yorkshire Police charged 153 men and 30 women – six fewer than the same month in 2013.

Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Mark Milsom said: “My hope is that our daily updates will demonstrate how many people have been caught recklessly endangering their own and others lives.”

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