NEARLY 1,000 motorists have been caught drink driving on South Yorkshire’s roads in the last year.

A total of 955 drivers were prosecuted for drink driving between October 2012 and September 2013.

The figures were released by the Crown Prosecution Service as part of a campaign to cut alcohol-related crime.

A spokesman for road safety charity Brake said: "Anyone who drinks and drives is taking a huge risk, not only with their own life, but the lives of others too.

"Research is clear that even small amounts of alcohol significantly increase your risk of crashing and causing carnage, so it just isn’t worth risking a drink.

"In the run-up to the festive season we’re calling on all drivers in South Yorkshire to make a commitment now to never drive after drinking any alcohol - not a drop - and plan ahead to get home safely from festivities, to prevent horrific crashes and devastating casualties."

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, head of South Yorkshire’s Roads Policing Unit, warned about the effects of being caught.

"You will be fined and banned from driving for a period of time but then there are all the associated costs," he said.

"If you're convicted of drink driving your insurance premium will be massively inflated and you could lose your employment."

The force launches its annual festive drink drive crackdown on December 1.