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Number of drink-drive arrests "staggering"

Number of drink-drive arrests "staggering"

Published at 10:44am 24th December 2014. (Updated at 3:30pm 24th December 2014)

Eleven people have already been banned from the roads as part of North Yorkshire Police's Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-driving.

Officers say the number of arrests so far is "staggering" and "extremely disappointing".

As of the start of this week, the total number of arrests for drink or drug-driving offences since 1 December stood at 71 - with 37 of those people charged to appear at court.

During last year's Christmas drink and drug-driving campaign, which ran between 1 December and 1 January, officers made 118 arrests.

The crackdown will continue into the New Year.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "The number of arrests over the weekend was staggering and quite frankly extremely disappointing.

"Despite repeated warnings about the dangers of drink and drug-driving, it is hard to believe that people still find it acceptable to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

"I have said it many times before, the safe limit is zero. If you are going out intending to have a drink, make sure you arrange some alternative transport to get home.

"71 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-driving since our campaign began on 1 December and it is extremely fortunate that none of these people have caused a tragedy."