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Police warn drink and drug-drivers they are "waiting"

Police warn drink and drug-drivers they are "waiting"

Published at 1:14pm 11th June 2015. (Updated at 1:18pm 11th June 2015)

North Yorkshire's summer drink and drug-driving campaign has already resulted in 30 arrests.

They include five in Harrogate and three in Craven.

Police have carried out over 250 breath tests and 19 people have been charged, including a 58-year-old man who was found to be just under four times over the legal limit.

Another eight people provided samples which were more than three times over the legal limit.

There have been two positive test results for cannabis and seven arrests relating to driving whilst unfit through drugs.

With the better weather arriving and lighter nights, officers are encouraging members of the public to consider how they will get home at the end of a night out and not risk driving whilst under the influence.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton, of North Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing Group, said: "Anyone who is considering driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs should know that we will be out and about waiting.

"If you are convicted, be aware that you face disqualification from driving, a hefty fine and the possibility of a prison sentence.

"Every year we try and educate people about the devastation and heartbreak that drink and drug-driving can cause.

"We appeal to members of the public that if they have information about anyone who is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass the details to the Force Control Room.

"For those who would prefer to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You could save someone's life."