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North Yorks Police launch drink and drug drive campaign

North Yorks Police launch drink and drug drive campaign

Published by May Norman at 7:01am 14th December 2019. (Updated at 7:11am 14th December 2019)

123 drivers were arrested in North Yorkshire last year

  • North Yorkshire Police have launched their latest drink and drug campaign.
  • In the run up to Christmas, more people get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs.
  • The campaign is officially launched in Harrogate on today (Saturday, 14 December).

North Yorkshire Police are launching their 2019 Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

Increased patrols and stop checks will be carried out throughout this month, when there tends to be more social occasions which could result in motorists driving under the influence.

The forces' Christmas campaign to reduce drink and drug driving is being launched outside the Victoria Shopping Centre in Harrogate today (Saturday, 14 December).

North Yorkshire Police, drink driving
The aftermath of a drink driver

Police are encouraging people to be designated drivers both during a night out with friends or colleagues, or to help them get to work the morning after a big night, then asking their friends to return the favour.

That way, everyone gets a night out and no one gets arrested.

Stray FM's Will Smith went out on patrol with traffic constable Andy Ingram to see what he faces on a typical night shift:

In 2018, North Yorkshire Police arrested over 120 motorists on suspicion of drink or drug driving offences.

The average reading of those drivers stood at just under twice the legal drink drive limit.

Back in 2017, 82 per cent of motorists arrested in relation to drink and drug driving were convicted.

North Yorkshire Police witness a spike in people getting behind the wheel under the influence of either drink or drugs in the fortnight before Christmas.

In addition, officers arrest a significant number of drivers in the morning after a night out as they are often over the limit the next day.

During last years' campaign, police made the highest number of arrests in Scarborough with 35 drivers detained and 20 arrests were made across the Harrogate district.

Andy Ingram, North Yorkshire Police
Andy Ingram, North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police will be conducting random roadside checks across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale throughout December.

Officers will also be gathering intelligence about repeat offenders and targeting those individuals.

A force spokesperson added:

"Help us keep North Yorkshire’s roads safe.

"If you know someone who regularly drinks and drives, call North Yorkshire Police on 101. If you see an offence happening or about to happen, report it on 999 immediately."



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