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North Yorkshire Drink Drive Campaign Kicks Off With 27 Arrests


6:38am 10th June 2014

This year’s theme focuses on younger drivers and raising awareness of the dangers of driving the morning after.

The warning comes ahead of the FIFA World Cup, when large numbers of people are expected to visit pubs and clubs to watch the games. Anyone going out should make sure that they have plans in place to get home safely without taking the risk of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

As many of the matches take place late at night, drivers are also being reminded to make sure they do not drive too early if they have been drinking the night before and to make alternative arrangements to get to work.

In the first week of the campaign officers from North Yorkshire arrested 27 people, with 18 already charged to appear at court. One person also tested positive for driving under the influence of cannabis. 

A Northallerton man aged 52, is due to appear at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court charged with having 120mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, when the legal limit is 35mg. He was arrested in Hunton, Bedale, at 2.50pm on Tuesday 3 June 2014.

The youngest person to be charged is a 17-year-old youth from Filey. He was charged with having 84mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. He was arrested in Scarborough at 3.25am on Thursday 5 June 2014, and will appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 12 June 2014.

A 64-year-old man from York is the oldest to be charged, having been arrested on the A19 near Thirsk, at 5pm on Saturday 7 June 2014. He is due to appear at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court on Friday 20 June 2014, charged with having 59mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

John Benstead, 45, of Redcar Road East, Middlesbrough, appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 5 June 2014, having been caught in the Whitby area on Sunday 1 June 2014, when he had 41mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. Benstead was given a 14 month driving ban and ordered to pay a combination of fines and court costs totalling £195.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton, of the Force’s Roads Policing Group, is leading this summer’s drink drive campaign in North Yorkshire. He said: “If you  choose to take the risk of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, officers are out there waiting to catch you.

“If you are caught, you face the prospect of losing your driving licence, receiving a hefty fine and even the possibility of going to prison.

“With the FIFA World Cup due to start on Thursday 12 June 2014, I urge people to plan ahead if they are going out to watch the matches, to make sure that they plan ahead and arrange transport home.

Sgt Morton added: “If you suspect someone is driving while under the influence of drink or drugs I urge you to contact North Yorkshire Police with the details immediately.

“If you would prefer top remain anonymous you can also contact Crimestoppers.”

Anyone wishing to report a drink driver should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass the information to the Force Control Room.

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