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Drink and drug-driving crackdown to continue

Drink and drug-driving crackdown to continue

Published at 6:02am 2nd July 2015. (Updated at 2:38pm 2nd July 2015)

Police say their fight against drink and drug-driving is "far from over" after North Yorkshire's summer crackdown resulted in more than 100 arrests.

40% of people arrested have been at least twice the legal drink-driving limit and 12% have been three times the limit.

In the same campaign last year, only 6% were found to be over three times the limit, which is being described as an "alarming" increase.

Over 14% of those arrested were found to be under the influence of drugs, with 10 people providing positive samples on new drug testing devices.

In total, police carried out over 850 breath tests during the campaign and 70 people have already been charged to appear in court.

Magistrates have been handing out some hefty fines and lengthy bans.

A 35-year-old man arrested on the A1(M) near Sinderby was given a 46-month driving ban, fined £550 and ordered to pay court costs.

An 18-year-old man arrested in Selby received a 16-month driving ban, was fined £581 and ordered to pay court costs.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton, of North Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing Group, said: "Whilst we are pleased we have taken these dangerous drink and drug-drivers off the road, it's very disappointing that people still continue to ignore the warnings and drink or take drugs and get behind the wheel. Not only are they a danger to themselves, they put everyone else on the road at risk.

"Drivers should be assured that drink and drug-driving will continue to be a priority for us for the rest of the year. Whilst the national summer campaign may be over, the fight against drink and drug-driving in North Yorkshire is not.

"We are out on the roads looking for people breaking the law. No matter what time of year it is, if you choose to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, we are out there and we will catch you. You will face a court appearance, a hefty fine, a driving ban and the possibility of a prison sentence.

"I'd like to thank the members of the public who contacted us about suspected drink and drug-drivers. This has assisted us throughout this campaign, enabling us to take these people off the roads. Two drivers of heavy goods vehicles, one a tanker and one carrying steel, were amongst those stopped as a direct result of information from the public.

"I 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."

Breakdown of arrests for drink and drug-driving