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21 arrested in first week of North Yorkshire's anti-drink and drug campaign

Drink Drive

Published by May Norman at 11:18am 7th December 2018.

21 arrested in first week of North Yorkshire's anti-drink and drug drive campaign

  • 21 arrested within the first week of the annual campaign
  • Three were from Harrogate and another three from Craven
  • On average of those 21 arrested, they were almost twice the legal drink drive limit

More than 20 motorists have been arrested in the first week of North Yorkshire’s Christmas anti-drink and drug driving campaign.

On average, those arrested have recorded breathalyser readings of almost twice the legal drink drive limit.

It has prompted traffic officers to reiterate their warning: “If you drink and drive, we will catch you”.

Five motorists were arrested within the first 24 hours of the campaign – three in York, one in Scarborough and one in Harrogate. The youngest was aged 17.

Eight have been charged and bailed to appear in front of magistrates so far.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton, of North Yorkshire Police, said:

“Already we’re encountering people who have ignored our warnings and decided to make the wrong decisions. It’s simple – if you’re selfish enough to drink and drive, we will catch you.

“Every year, we warn people not to drive after drinking or taking drugs. And at this time of year every year, intoxicated drivers end up in our cells and in the courts, where they lose their licence and are hit with heavy fines, driving bans and even prison sentences.

“So this year, we’re aiming our drink drive message at a different group of motorists – people who’d never dream of drinking and driving.

“We hope law-abiding motorists can help us keep the roads safe by keeping an eye on friends when they’re out and about and stopping them taking to the road if they’re under the influence.

“We’d also encourage them to pass on information about drink or drug drivers by calling us on 101.”

Police will be out in force, carrying out stop checks at all times of the day and night, including early mornings to detect those who are still over the limit from the night before.

They will also be targeting known offenders and key locations throughout the county.

The regional breakdown of arrests in the first week of the campaign is as follows:

Regional breakdown  
Richmond 1
Harrogate          3
York          4
Selby          1
Scarborough          6
Ryedale          2
Hambleton          1
Craven          3
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