Drink Drug Driving - There's No Excuse

Blue banner with the words "The 12 Excuses of Christmas" in the centre, image also has force crests depicted as snow falling, and two baubles on either end.

West Yorkshire Police is warning drivers and motorcyclists of the potentially very serious consequences of using their vehicles after drinking or taking drugs this festive season.

Our new campaign centres around the '12 Excuses of Christmas', highlighting just some of the reasons people come up with to try and justify why they have been caught driving over the limit of drink or drugs.

Common excuses include; 

"I only had a couple",  "I wasn’t driving very far"  or  "I haven’t had a drink since last night"

There are no excuses for driving under the influence of drink or drugs, it is always against the law.

The consequences can include –

  • Living with the knowledge that you have seriously injured or killed someone
     
  • A costly fine
     
  • Losing your licence
     
  • Christmas in a prison cell

 
West Yorkshire Police will be carrying out an increased enforcement in support of the national drink and drug drive operation co-ordinated by the National Police Chief’s Council and our officers are experts in spotting the signs that someone may be driving under the influence.

To find out more about the campaign see the below video of Chief Inspector James Farrar, Head of the West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Unit

 

Members of the public are encouraged to do what they can to help us keep the roads safe this Christmas by reporting anyone they suspect of regularly driving under the influence of drink or drugs - there is a drink / drug driving online reporting form available here.

Or you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously here or by calling 0800 555 111.

But remember to always call 999 in an emergency - if a crime is in progress or there is a danger to life.  

The Force is also encouraging people who are struggling with issues around alcohol, drugs or any other vulnerabilities to reach out for support. It has teamed up with West Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion, a support service who can help people with drink and drug problems who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.

 

The impact of drink driving - YouTube Video

The below video (recorded in 2021) shows the impact that drink driving can have on innocent people.  Tanya Palmer was involved in a collision with a suspected drink driver in April 2021 when she was 22-weeks pregnant. Tanya talks about the lasting impact that the collision still has on her now 19 months on. The driver involved was convicted of failing to provide a specimen for analysis for alcohol or drugs and jailed for 12 months and banned from driving for three-and-a-half years. 

 

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The 12 Excuses of Christmas

Excuse 1

"I've had some sleep so thought I'd be fine..."

"I've had some sleep so thought I'd be fine..."

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The 12 Excuses of Christmas

Excuse 2

"I was only driving a short distance..."

"I was only driving a short distance..."

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The 12 Excuses of Christmas

Excuse 3​​

"I fancied a takeaway. Thought I'd be okay..."

"I fancied a takeaway. Thought I'd be okay..."

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The 12 Excuses of Christmas

Excuse 4​​

"I haven't had a drink since last night..."

"I haven't had a drink since last night..."

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The 12 Excuses of Christmas

Excuse 5

"I'm a really good driver..."

"I'm a really good driver..."

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The 12 Excuses of Christmas

Excuse 6​​​

"I needed to get home for my dog..."

"I needed to get home for my dog..."

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The 12 Excuses of Christmas

Excuse 7​​

"Drugs don't affect my driving..."

"Drugs don't affect my driving..."

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The 12 Excuses of Christmas

Excuse 8​​​

"I couldn't afford a taxi..."

"I couldn't afford a taxi..."

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The 12 Excuses of Christmas

Excuse 9​​

"I thought I'd be okay..."

"I thought I'd be okay..."

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The 12 Excuses of Christmas

Excuse 10​

"It's a really quiet road..."

"It's a really quiet road..."

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The 12 Excuses of Christmas

Excuse 11

"I can handle my drink..."

"I can handle my drink..."

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The 12 Excuses of Christmas

Excuse 12​

"I only had a couple..."

"I only had a couple..."

Page last reviewed November 2023.

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