Drink-drivers to be named and shamed by West Yorkshire Police

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Every motorist caught drink-driving across the area in the run-up to Christmas will have their details published online as part of a new police bid to tackle the problem.

West Yorkshire Police’s festive campaign against drink and drug-driving, launched today, will see all suspects’ age, gender and home town or city revealed on its website the next day along with details of the offence.

A total of 189 people were arrested last December for allegedly getting behind the wheel while over the limit, including 28 in the Wakefield district.

Insp 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.

“Each year we stop hundreds of people who are clearly not in a fit state to drive through drink or drugs. 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.”