Don’t drink and drive message

Chief Inspector Mark Bownass from West Yorkshire Police
Chief Inspector Mark Bownass from West Yorkshire Police

Police officers who have dealt with the tragic consequences of drink-driving have spoken out in a new video.

The video – part of West Yorkshire Police’s Christmas drink/drug drive campaign – highlights the devastating impact that choosing to drive after drinking or taking drugs can have on innocent victims and their families.

Ch Insp Mark Bownass, head of roads policing, said: “The Christmas period is traditionally a happy time of year where you spend time with family and friends, but for some people it can end in tragedy.

“Unfortunately, some people across the county will drink or take drugs and then choose to drive, and their actions will have severe consequences for themselves, for us and most importantly for the families of the innocent people who could be involved.

“My officers don’t want to attend fatal and serious road traffic collisions that could easily be avoided this festive period – and they don’t want to have to knock on your door to tell you that your loved one is in hospital or that even worse they’re dead.”

The video features interviews with officers from the major collision enquiry and roads policing teams who have attended fatal accidents where drivers have been found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Ch Insp Bownass said: “Don’t destroy someone’s happiness at this time of year – think before you get in the car and if you’ve had a drink or taken drugs, don’t drive.

“It’s a simple decision to take but make the wrong choice and you and many others will be living with the consequences for life.”

Visit our website to see the video.