WATCH: 41 arrests in first nine days of drink and drug-driving campaign

WATCH: 41 arrests in first nine days of drink and drug-driving campaign

Published at 4:34pm 9th December 2016. (Updated at 1:40pm 10th December 2016)

Police in North Yorkshire have already made 41 arrests for drink and drug-driving in the first nine days of their Christmas crackdown.

That figure represents a 70% increase on arrests made at the same time last year.

By 9 December 2015, police had made 24 arrests in total - 20 for drink-driving and four for drug-driving.

Since the start of this year's campaign on 1 December, 29 arrests have been made for drink-driving and 12 for drug-driving.

The highest drink-driving reading recorded so far was provided by a 36-year-old man from York who was arrested on the first day of the campaign.

Stuart Williams, of Wigginton, blew just under three-and-a-half times the legal limit.

He appeared at York Magistrates' Court on Friday 9 December and received a 27-month driving ban, was ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge and given a seven-week curfew between the hours of 7pm and 7am.

Speaking about the number of arrests in the first week of the campaign, Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton said: "It's extremely disappointing to see that the messages about the dangers of drink and drug-driving are ignored by some. North Yorkshire Police are committed to identifying, arresting and prosecuting drink and drug-drivers and getting them off the road. The number of arrests made so far in the campaign reflect the fact that we are out on the roads and targeting those that choose to flout the law.

"Year after year, we warn people of the dangers of drink and drug-driving and the devastation it can cause. This year is no exception - Lorraine Allaway, the widow of a drink-drive victim, has bravely shared her story with us, to show the real pain a family goes through when a love one is killed by a drink-driver. Lorraine’s husband Bob was killed when a drunk driver collided with him head-on."

Watch Lorraine's story: