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VIDEO: Police "serious and committed" to catching drink and drug-drivers

VIDEO: Police "serious and committed" to catching drink and drug-drivers

Published at 7:27pm 17th June 2016. (Updated at 7:41pm 17th June 2016)

Nearly 70 people have been arrested in the first two weeks of North Yorkshire's summer drink and drug-driving campaign.

Police say the figures represent an "alarming" 41% increase in drink-driving arrests and a "shocking" rise of 120% in drug-driving arrests.

Of the 69 arrests, nine people have provided breath test readings over two-and-a-half times the legal limit.

The highest reading was provided by a 45-year-old woman from Malton, who was arrested at 1pm and over four times the legal limit.

Of the 22 arrests made for drug-driving, 17 have resulted from new roadside drug wipe tests.

The testing kits were introduced by North Yorkshire Police last year and can return a positive result in less than 10 minutes.

One persistent offender, a 26-year-old man from Scarborough, has been arrested for drug-driving on three separate occasions over the two weeks of the campaign.

Some of those arrested and charged in the first days of the campaign have already been dealt with by the courts.

28-year-old Eleanor Dalton, from Thorpe Willoughby near Selby, was banned from driving for 25 months, fined £200 and ordered to pay £115 in costs.

46-year-old Stephen Parnaby, from Bingley in West Yorkshire, was banned from driving for 24 months, fined £400 and ordered to pay £125 in costs.

Police have released another short film, this time focusing on the tragedy and devastation which drink-driving can cause.

It shows motorcyclist Bob Allaway who died after being involved in a head-on collision with a drink-driver on the A65 near Settle last October.

An investigation found that the driver's vehicle crossed double white lines directly into the path of Bob's bike.

The driver was found to be over twice the legal limit.

He pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention whilst over the prescribed alcohol limit and was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison.

 

Commenting on the results of the summer campaign so far, Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton, of North Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing Group, said: "It's disappointing to see that some people are choosing to ignore our message - drink and drug-driving wrecks lives. It's as simple as that, yet some still fail to grasp it and think that they won't cause harm or be caught.

"As the tragic death of Bob Allaway clearly shows, if you choose to drink or take drugs and get behind the wheel, you are not only putting your own life at risk, but the lives of innocent members of the public.

"The number of arrests made so far reflect the fact that North Yorkshire Police are out on the roads and are serious and committed to catching drink and drug-drivers and bringing them to justice.

"We continue to appeal to members of the public, if you know of someone driving under the influence of drink or drugs, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 or report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Your actions could save a person's life."