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North Yorkshire Police to launch drink and drug-driving crackdown

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Published by May Norman at 7:08am 30th November 2018. (Updated at 7:22am 30th November 2018)

North Yorkshire Police to launch annual drink and drug-driving crackdown

  • North Yorkshire Police to launch month long campaign during Christmas
  • Drivers urged to think twice before getting behind the wheel if they've consumed alcohol or taken drugs
  • 137 arrests made last year - with Harrogate recording the highest number of arrests overall

North Yorkshire Police will, tomorrow, (1/12/18) launch its month-long Christmas anti drink and drug driving campaign, which will see officers throughout the county breath testing drivers.

The campaign will see tests carried out at all times of the day and night, including first thing in the morning, as drivers are urged to think twice before getting behind the wheel the morning after drinking.

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Last year, hundreds of drivers were breath tested during the month-long campaign, with 137 arrests made.

Key fact from 2017's campaign:

  1. 137 arrested on suspicion of drink or drug related driving offences
  2. 85% of those arrested were men
  3. One in three drivers arrested had been in a crash
  4. Average court fine - £315
  5. 1.75 years average driving ban

Locally, North Yorkshire Police experienced its highest number of arrests last year - detaining 29 people across the Harrogate district and 14 in the Craven area.

The key message is to be responsible and not to drink or take drugs before driving.

North Yorkshire Police also advises groups to ensure someone remains sober and acts as designated driver.

Andy Ingram, of North Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing team, said:

"Drink-driving has become socially unacceptable - more so now than ever - and that’s why we will often receive phone calls from members of the public reporting suspected drink-drivers.

"We will always act on any information given to us and please don’t think the rural nature of the county affords you protection because it doesn’t.

"Anyone caught faces a minimum 12-18 month ban and I would urge people to take a moment and think seriously about how that would affect your life; driving to work or college, childcare arrangements or school runs, socialising and visiting family.

"The impact of losing your licence is enormous. Worst still, you could injure or kill yourself or someone else. Drink driving isn’t worth the risk."

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