A senior police officer says he is “very concerned” by figures showing that young motorists are the most likely to be caught drink or drug-driving in West Yorkshire.
Of the 189 people caught over the limit in the county during last December’s festive drink-driving crackdown, the most common age for suspects was 25 to 34.
West Yorkshire Police say 157 men and 32 women were arrested, with 70 arrests in Leeds, 42 in Bradford, 28 in Wakefield, 19 in Calderdale and 30 in Kirklees.
Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Mark Milsom said: “Last year we saw the largest number of arrests for drink and drug driving related offences for both men and women fall between the ages of 25 - 34 years.
“This is a generation of people that have grown up with the current drink driving laws and it’s a very concerning trend.
“It’s vitally important these people, many of which will be forging their careers and who may have a young family, realise the life-limiting consequences associated with a drink or drug driving conviction.”
The warning comes as the force’s festive campaign against drink and drug-driving, launched today, sees all suspects’ age, gender and home town or city, though not their name, revealed on its website the next day along with details of the offence.
Inspector Joanne Field, who leads West Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘‘Driving while under the influence of drink or drugs is always a significant danger.
“But at Christmas the risks are even more prevalent with darker nights, bad weather and sadly, more people taking the risk by drinking and then getting behind the wheel.
‘“The 2014 campaign is about hammering home the message that on a daily basis people across West Yorkshire are risking theirs and other people’s lives and that drink driving has extremely serious consequences.”
Drink and drug-driving can lead to a driving ban of at least a year and a fine up to £5,000.
This year, West Yorkshire’s most senior detective Dave Knopwood was dismissed by the force after a court banned him from driving for 12 months and fined him £1,000 for failing to provide a specimen for a drink-driving breath test.
Updates are on the @WestYorksPolice Twitter account with the hashtag #NotWorthTheRisk.