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Crack Down On Drink and Drug Drivers


6:48am 22nd December 2014
(Updated 7:01am 22nd December 2014)

Police are warning Christmas party goers they risk losing their license if they are charged with drink or drug driving.

Officers have been patrolling the roads across North Yorkshire this month, looking for people driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

There have been over 30 arrests so far since the 1st of December 2014.

So far, officers have conducted numerous roadside breath tests and have made 37 arrests. Of the people arrested, 25 have been charged and some of them will appear in court before Christmas.

Traffic Sergeant Paul Cording, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “The simple fact is drink driving ruins lives and destroys families who lose loved ones in tragic circumstances.

“The devastating thing is that deaths caused by drink driving could have been avoided if only the person who thought it was ok to get behind the wheel while under the influence had stopped to think about the consequences of their actions.

“We want to prevent any more unnecessary tragedies and will have officers out on the roads throughout December specifically targeting drink and drug drivers.”

North Yorkshire Police’s Take Care at Christmas campaign features 12 videos with various tips about keeping yourself safe over Christmas including advice about appointing a designated driver and driving the morning after a night out.

TS Cording added: “The safest and simplest way to avoid being arrested for drink driving or causing a serious accident is by not drinking at all.

“If you are going out drinking make sure you appoint a designated driver or arrange to get home via public transport in a taxi.

“Do whatever you can to get home safely but whatever you do, don’t drink or take drugs and drive.”

If you suspect anyone of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 1 – and pass information to the Force Control Room.

If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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