Christmas drink-drive campaign sees almost a third more motorists pulled in by officers

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Crackdown sees police stop more motorists for drink-driving Crackdown sees police stop more motorists for drink-driving

West Yorkshire Police stopped nearly a third more motorists during the Christmas drink and drugs driving campaign, with a slight increase in the number of positive breath tests.

The month-long crackdown in the county saw more than 1,800 drivers stopped by police, compared to 1,400 the previous year.

The December campaign resulted in 275 drivers either failing the breath test or refusing to provide a sample, with 133 charged with driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

Of those, 39 have already been dealt with by the courts with all receiving at least a 12-month driving ban.

Last year a total of 1,417 drivers were tested, with 188 refusing or proving positive.

One successful conviction this year saw a Bradford man given a three year driving ban.

The 30-year-old, of Odsal, was stopped by Roads Policing Officers when they saw his vehicle being driven erratically in early December. When they spoke to him he smelled strongly of alcohol and he was arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit.

He was more than four and a half times over the legal limit and was charged with drink driving and appeared at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court, where he was convicted and given a three year driving ban and ordered to carry out 120 hours of community work, as well as paying costs of £145.

Chief Inspector Neil Hunter, head of Roads Policing for West Yorkshire Police, said: “These figures show that we are stopping more people than ever on suspicion of driving whilst unfit – whether through drink or drugs.

“The message to motorists who are ignoring our warnings is that we are targeting drink or drug driving offenders across West Yorkshire 24 hours a day, seven days a week and not just during the Christmas period.

“Dealing with drink and drugs driving is a continuing high priority to reduce casualties and improve road safety. Anyone breaking these laws will not be tolerated and those caught could face a prison sentence.”

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11:34pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Not so simple says...

When will these drink drivers learn that their few drinks could result in tragedy for innocent citizens.

Well done to the Police etc for catching these people...why are there no increases in the amount of people being banned and sent to prison...forgot the prisons are full and most people use clever lawyers and loop holes and do not provide samples. Lock em all up.

Drink driving: It's like giving a lunatic a gun and expecting him to play safe!

24 hour drinks sales must stop, not needed and only encourages over drinking in my opinion.

All pubs should have The Police randomly coming in to test all those who came in a car or have car keys in their pockets....confiscat
e their keys till the morning and watch people would change and stop drink diving.
When will these drink drivers learn that their few drinks could result in tragedy for innocent citizens. Well done to the Police etc for catching these people...why are there no increases in the amount of people being banned and sent to prison...forgot the prisons are full and most people use clever lawyers and loop holes and do not provide samples. Lock em all up. Drink driving: It's like giving a lunatic a gun and expecting him to play safe! 24 hour drinks sales must stop, not needed and only encourages over drinking in my opinion. All pubs should have The Police randomly coming in to test all those who came in a car or have car keys in their pockets....confiscat e their keys till the morning and watch people would change and stop drink diving. Not so simple

6:30am Thu 17 Jan 13

Albion. says...

Not so simple wrote:
When will these drink drivers learn that their few drinks could result in tragedy for innocent citizens.

Well done to the Police etc for catching these people...why are there no increases in the amount of people being banned and sent to prison...forgot the prisons are full and most people use clever lawyers and loop holes and do not provide samples. Lock em all up.

Drink driving: It's like giving a lunatic a gun and expecting him to play safe!

24 hour drinks sales must stop, not needed and only encourages over drinking in my opinion.

All pubs should have The Police randomly coming in to test all those who came in a car or have car keys in their pockets....confiscat

e their keys till the morning and watch people would change and stop drink diving.
If you did that, the few remaining pubs would close down. It would help if there was instant testing for the abuse of illegal substances as well.
[quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: When will these drink drivers learn that their few drinks could result in tragedy for innocent citizens. Well done to the Police etc for catching these people...why are there no increases in the amount of people being banned and sent to prison...forgot the prisons are full and most people use clever lawyers and loop holes and do not provide samples. Lock em all up. Drink driving: It's like giving a lunatic a gun and expecting him to play safe! 24 hour drinks sales must stop, not needed and only encourages over drinking in my opinion. All pubs should have The Police randomly coming in to test all those who came in a car or have car keys in their pockets....confiscat e their keys till the morning and watch people would change and stop drink diving.[/p][/quote]If you did that, the few remaining pubs would close down. It would help if there was instant testing for the abuse of illegal substances as well. Albion.

7:08am Thu 17 Jan 13

Blotto says...

Its a lot tougher in Oz but it doesn't seem to stop the idiots of any age from driving over the limit, which about half the UK limit!
Also the ratio of those with drugs in their system is increasing, while those over the alcohol limit is decreasing a trend which mirrors the UK
Its a lot tougher in Oz but it doesn't seem to stop the idiots of any age from driving over the limit, which about half the UK limit! Also the ratio of those with drugs in their system is increasing, while those over the alcohol limit is decreasing a trend which mirrors the UK Blotto

3:30pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Andy2010 says...

Id go further and lower the limit to just half a pint for example or a quarter a glass of wine...there is NO excuse and tired of some people who claim "I can drive normally" after a couple of pints....

Sorry but my best friends 3 year old was killed by someone who only had a couple of pints and was just 10 mg over the limit .
And anyone caught should be given 10 years sentence and a ban from driving for life. Tougher sentences might just might put some off and if saves one life its worth it
Id go further and lower the limit to just half a pint for example or a quarter a glass of wine...there is NO excuse and tired of some people who claim "I can drive normally" after a couple of pints.... Sorry but my best friends 3 year old was killed by someone who only had a couple of pints and was just 10 mg over the limit . And anyone caught should be given 10 years sentence and a ban from driving for life. Tougher sentences might just might put some off and if saves one life its worth it Andy2010

6:11pm Thu 17 Jan 13

thingybob68 says...

It seesm we have a problem with drink drivers in Bradford
It seesm we have a problem with drink drivers in Bradford thingybob68

5:21am Fri 18 Jan 13

thelastmanstanding says...

This is great, however the police seem to be focusing motorists because they are an easy target.

There were 2792 house burglaries in the Bradford, Keighley and Shipley districts in 2012 and I see the police doing nothing at all about it. If you get burgled the police take days to come and that is if they bother to come at all.

The police might be more effective if they were out catching some real criminals and not targeting the motorists.
This is great, however the police seem to be focusing motorists because they are an easy target. There were 2792 house burglaries in the Bradford, Keighley and Shipley districts in 2012 and I see the police doing nothing at all about it. If you get burgled the police take days to come and that is if they bother to come at all. The police might be more effective if they were out catching some real criminals and not targeting the motorists. thelastmanstanding

5:27am Fri 18 Jan 13

thelastmanstanding says...

1800 stopped altogether and only 275 failed a breath test? That means that the police pulled over and harrassed 1525 motorists unnecessarily and they had to let them go when they passed a breathalyser.Is this not a real waste of police time and they have massaged the 275 figure to try and justify to the poor souls who were stopped for no reason and terrorised why their ordeal was neccesary for the greater good.

The same cops were bullying Aston Villa football fans last week and goading them into retaliating so they could lift them and get their arrest figures up.

Go catch some real criminals.

ACAB!
1800 stopped altogether and only 275 failed a breath test? That means that the police pulled over and harrassed 1525 motorists unnecessarily and they had to let them go when they passed a breathalyser.Is this not a real waste of police time and they have massaged the 275 figure to try and justify to the poor souls who were stopped for no reason and terrorised why their ordeal was neccesary for the greater good. The same cops were bullying Aston Villa football fans last week and goading them into retaliating so they could lift them and get their arrest figures up. Go catch some real criminals. ACAB! thelastmanstanding

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