Action to stop drink driving

OFFICERS have been out and about in Brighouse in a bid to stop people drink and drug driving.

The Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team assisted their colleagues from Halifax North and East NPT and members of the Road Policing Unit to stop vehicles in Wakefield Road, Brighouse.

The team stopped 114 vehicles and not one tested positive on Saturday, December 15, between 9am and 11am.

The stop checks were part of a campaign being held throughout December to test drivers for alcohol and illegal substances at night and early mornings.

Another feature of the campaign is identifying the morning-after effect on drivers who have been drinking the previous night and still have levels of alcohol over the limit when they take to the road the next day.

Chief Inspector Neil Hunter, head of Roads Policing for West Yorkshire Police, said: “There may be a misconception that it is possible to easily sleep off the effects of drinking the previous night before driving again.

“A driver’s impaired ability to drive after drinking increases the likelihood of them being involved in a collision at any time of the day.”

Chief Inspector Hunter added: “We want anyone who has been drinking to stop and pause before considering driving and remember the significant financial cost of a drink driving conviction which can include loss of employment, increased or refused insurance and a heavy fine or prison sentence. The human cost imposed by drink drivers on their victims or their families can be life changing and cannot be measured.”

To report someone who you think has been drinking or taking drugs call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.