Success for drink and drug crackdown

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North Yorkshire Police made 93 arrests during its summer drink and drug drive campaign.

Since the campaign began on June 1, 2374 drivers have been breathalysed by officers patrolling the roads of North Yorkshire looking for people who have been drinking or taking drugs before driving.

As a result of the campaign 22 drink drivers have been banned from the roads with a further 30 suspects who have been charged with drink driving awaiting court dates and are also likely to be disqualified.

Another 23 suspected drink or drug drivers are currently on bail awaiting the outcome of further police enquiries.

Sixteen people were released without further police action. A 15-year-old youth was given a four month Youth Offender Panel order and another motorist had her licence endorsed with 10 penalty points.

The campaign finished on July 1.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, who co-ordinated the campaign as part of “95 Alive”, the York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership, said: “What is encouraging is the fact that we have managed to catch a large number of people suspected of drink driving.

“What is discouraging is the number of people who continue to get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs.

“We need to get people who continue to put lives at risk off the roads and if people think we will be easing off now the campaign is over, they’ve got another thing coming.

“The fight against drink and drug driving is a constant one, and until people get the message, we will keep arresting offending motorists and the courts will keep banning them from the roads.

“Throughout the campaign we have been very thankful to the public for all the information they have provided us with, much of which has led to arrests.

“It is heartening that the majority of people are aware of the dangers of drink and drug driving and I urge residents to keep telling us about the people who are putting lives at risk.”

If you would like to report a drink or drug driver, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 Or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.