Drinkers charged in police crackdown
3:10pm 16th June 2011
Forty motorists have been arrested as North Yorkshire Police enforce their summer drink drive campaign.
In support of a national month-long crackdown on drink and drug drivers, officers have been patrolling the county’s roads to ensure that anyone who thinks it is acceptable to drive while under the influence is caught and dealt with.
Police have breathalysed 350 drivers since the beginning of June and have charged 20 people with drink driving.
Seven people have also been subjected to a roadside Field Impairment Test (FIT) which is used to detect whether individuals have been driving while under the influence of drugs, resulting in four arrests on suspicion of driving while unfit through drugs.
In the past five years, 259 people have been killed or seriously injured in York and North Yorkshire in collisions involving drink drivers. Police are determined that such unnecessary injuries and deaths are avoided in the future and will use all resources available to prevent and detect people taking to the roads while over the limit.
Traffic Sergeant Ian Pope, of North Yorkshire Police’s Road Policing Group, said:
“Every year we target drink drivers and every year the message is the same; drink driving is totally unacceptable and it will not be tolerated.
“It costs lives, which of course is completely avoidable if people who have had a drink do the responsible thing and don’t drive.
“The courts take the issue of drink driving as seriously as the police do and if you are caught you will be fined, banned and possibly face a prison sentence.”
Officers are encouraging people to take responsibility for their actions by taking a taxi home or nominating a designated driver when going to a party or out for a drink.
Members of the public are also being urged to report anyone who they suspect of drink or drug driving to the police or Crimestoppers. Suspected offenders are often identified and targeted through the gathering of local intelligence and residents can play a big part in the fight against drink driving by sharing information with the police."
Sgt Pope added: “Everyone has a responsibility to ensure that they don’t break the law by drinking or taking drugs and then getting behind the wheel. Fortunately, people now realise that it is socially unacceptable behaviour and I would urge anyone who knows a drink driver to tell the police and we will act upon that information.
“The more information we have the more lives we can save by getting drink drivers off the road.”
To report a drink driver, contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 24 7, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Drink drive charges
* A 27-year-old man from Bingley has been charged with drink driving after he was arrested in Kildwick, near Skipton, on 15 June 2011.
Officers stopped his vehicle on Main Street and he provided a positive roadside breath test of 67 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
He is due to appear at Skipton Magistrates’ Court on 1 July 2011.
* At around 6.20pm on Tuesday 14 June 2011, officers arrested a 58-year-old man from Scarborough following a road traffic collision in Great Barugh, Malton.
The single vehicle collision resulted in the man’s vehicle leaving the road and hitting a hedge. When police arrived at the scene, he provided a positive breath test of 70 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
He is due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on 4 July 2011.
* In the early hours of Monday 13 June 2011, a 33-year-old local man was stopped by police in North Street, York, after reports from a member of the public that he had been drinking in Club Salvation before getting into his vehicle.
When officers stopped the suspect, he provided a positive breath test of 40 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
He is due to appear at York Magistrates’ court on Wednesday 29 June 2011.
* On Monday 13 June 2011, a 28-year-old man from Leeds was arrested in Harrogate after providing a roadside breath test of 55 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
He was stopped by police on Cambridge Crescent at around 9.30pm following a routine check.
He was also charged with driving without insurance, failing to stop for police, driving without a licence, and dangerous driving.
He is due before Harrogate Magistrates on 30 June 2011.
* A 41-year-old local man was arrested on Ousegate, Selby at around 11pm on Monday 13 June 2011, following a routine stop by police.
He blew 104 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, during a road-side breath test.
He was charged with drink driving and is due too appear before Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on 14 July 2011.
* A 21-year-old woman is due before Northallerton Magistrates’ Court on Friday 24 June 2011, charged with being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle.
She was spotted slumped over the wheel of her car at around 12.30am on Friday 10 June 2011, opposite the Black Bull Inn, on the A167 at Great Smeaton.
Prior to her arrest, she provided a positive breath test of 57 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
* A 61-year-old local man from Ripon is due to appear before Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 21 June 2011, charged with drink driving.
He was stopped by police on Clotherholme Road, Ripon, on Sunday 5 June 2011 and provided a positive roadside breath test of 61 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
* On Sunday 5 June 2011, a 48-year-old man from Selby was stopped on the A63 at Hambleton, near Selby, after police spotted him driving at speed through the village.
He was asked to produce a breath sample and provided a positive reading od 105 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
He is due to appear at Selby Magistrates’ Court on 7 July 2011.
* A 42-year-old man from Harrogate is due to appear before Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 21 June 2011, charged with drink driving.
He was stopped by officers in Asda car park, Bower Road, Harrogate, in the early hours of Saturday 4 June 2011, after reports that he appeared drunk before getting into his vehicle.
He was breathalysed and recorded 77 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
* A 70-year-old local man was arrested just before 8pm on Saturday 4 June 2011, after he was stopped by officers on West Bank, Scarborough.
He provided a positive breath test reading of 52 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
He is due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on 24 June 2011.
* A 31-year-old local man was arrested at around 7pm on Saturday 4 June 2011, after he appeared to be asleep at the wheel of his car in the Co-op car park in Acomb, York.
He refused to provide a breath test at the scene and was subsequently charged with failing to provide a specimen.
He is due to appear at York Magistrates’ Court on Monday 20 June 2011.
* Three men were arrested in St James Retail Park, Knaresborough, on Wednesday 8 June 2011, after members of the public reported that they had been staggering as they left the vehicle they were travelling in.
When they returned to the vehicle they drove away eratically which was also reported to the police.
After stopping the vehicle, officers breathalysed all three occupants and they provided positive breath tests ranging between 87 and 141 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
The men were arrested on suspicion of drink driving and theft of a motor vehicle and have been released on bail as enquiries continue.
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