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No let-up in drink and drug-driving campaign

No let-up in drink and drug-driving campaign

Published at 8:23pm 8th January 2015. (Updated at 8:26pm 8th January 2015)

Police have warned that North Yorkshire's fight against drink and drug-driving is "far from over".

Officers made 103 arrests as part of their Christmas crackdown which ran between 1 December and 1 January.

They carried out nearly 3,000 roadside breath tests, which is 900 more than the previous year.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "I am extremely frustrated that over 100 people in December thought it was acceptable to put lives at risk by getting behind the wheel while suspected of being under the influence of drink or drugs.

"I find it staggering that, despite repeated warnings and well-documented tragedies caused by drink and drug-driving, there are still people out there who ignore the dangers.

"It is not just people with criminal backgrounds who are breaking the law in this way, it is members of our communities who really should know better.

"People need to know that there is absolutely no excuse for drink or drug-driving, and if you are caught, you will be treated like any other criminal and put before the courts."

Mr Madgwick said there will be no-let up from officers looking out for drink and drug-drivers on North Yorkshire's roads.

He added: "If people think that we only arrest drink and drug-drivers during our Christmas or summer campaigns, they've got another think coming.

"We arrested over 1,000 people on suspicion of drink or drug-driving in 2014, which goes to show that this is a year-round effort which will continue relentlessly until the message gets across.

"I am urging the communities of North Yorkshire to join us in the fight against drink and drug-driving by reporting anyone they suspect of getting behind the wheel while impaired.

"Our residents have always been a great help when we make public appeals to catch criminals and this is no different."

Anyone with information about a suspected drink or drug-driver is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.