Commissioner Wright said:
“The fact that these people risk not only their own lives, but the lives of others by getting behind the wheel after drinking, is the height of social irresponsibility.
“Aside from the most important aspect, that of road safety, people who consider it the norm to drink and drive seem to forget that if they are caught, they’ll not only receive a driving ban and a fine, but they can end up with a criminal record and possibly even a prison sentence.
“I feel sure that the amount of police resource that has to be wasted on what is a completely preventable ‘crime’ must frustrate most officers. But perhaps the most frustrating aspect of all is that it is so simple for people to take total responsibility for their own actions by just not drinking and driving.
“In the meantime, South Yorkshire Police will continue to follow their intelligence-
“They, and I, simply don’t want and won’t tolerate drink drivers on the road.”
If you know someone that regularly drives whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol please contact South Yorkshire Police by calling 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111”.
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Commissioner Wright has already stated his commitment to working in partnership across a range of agencies at local, regional and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime in South Yorkshire. He wants to ensure that community needs are met as effectively as possible, and he recognises that by building confidence and restoring trust, this in turn will greatly improve local relationships.
2. The Police and Crime Commissioner, based at the South Yorkshire Joint Authorities in Barnsley, is an elected individual who oversees policing in South Yorkshire (Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster). The role of the Commissioner is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. The Commissioner does not run the police, as this is the responsibility of the Chief Constable.
3. The Commissioner is responsible for representing the public within South Yorkshire, cutting crime, reducing reoffending and delivering an effective and efficient police service within South Yorkshire.
4. The Police and Crime Commissioner replaced the former Police Authority on the 22nd of November 2012.