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Festive crackdown on drink driving

A police officer uses a breathalyser on a motorist to test for alcohol. (S)

A police officer uses a breathalyser on a motorist to test for alcohol. (S)

Twenty people have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving since the beginning of North Yorkshire Police’s Christmas Safety Campaign.

Officers have been patrolling the roads of North Yorkshire looking out for potential offenders in an effort to keep people safe during the festive season.

Eight of the 20 people arrested have been charged and will appear in magistrates’ courts before the New Year – including three people in the Ripon and Harrogate area, and one person in Thirsk

Traffic Sgt Andy Morton said: “The Christmas Safety Campaign has been running for one week now and as part of the initiative we have been targeting people who think they can get away with drinking and taking drugs before driving.

“Put simply, anyone who gets behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs is putting lives at risk and we will not tolerate it.

“Throughout December we will be out in force on the roads of North Yorkshire and the city of York and if you take the risk you are likely to be caught.”

 

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