A woman was arrested for suspected drink driving early today in a hospital car park.

Police confirmed the 59-year-old old woman was detained at 3.18am outside the Calderdale Royal Hospital.

She lives in Halifax and was the 28th person arrested by West Yorkshire Police for the offence since they launched their Christmas drink drive campaign on December 1.

And the arrest came as a mum whose son was killed by a drink driver made a call for them to be named and shamed.

Carole Whittingham, of Brighouse, made the call to act as a further deterrent for those tempted to get behind the wheel after drinking.

Her son Steven, 27, was killed in Heckmondwike in 1992 by a motorist who was over the legal alcohol limit.

Mrs Whittingham went on to set up a pressure group now called SCARD, Support and Care after Road Death and Injury.

She said: “I am sure that if the details of people who have given a positive breath test are revealed then it will be a deterrent to those who go on to drink and drive”.

Carole Whittingham
Carole Whittingham
 

Police have shied away from the “name and shame” policy but in West Yorkshire are posting details of the drivers arrested on their website, including age, home town and location.

Asst Chief Constable Mark Milsom said: ‘‘Last year we saw the largest number of arrests for drink and drug driving related offences for both men and women fall between the ages of 25 - 34 years. This is a generation of people that have grown up with the current drink driving laws and it’s a very concerning trend.

‘‘It’s vitally important these people, many of which will be forging their careers and who may have a young family, realise the life-limiting consequences associated with a drink or drug driving conviction.

‘‘We must do all we can do to deter people from making the choice of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs. My hope is that our daily updates will demonstrate how many people have been caught recklessly endangering their own and others’ lives, and it will make people think twice before they get behind the wheel this Christmas.’’

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