North Yorkshire Police Drink and Drug Drive Crackdown
6:01am 12th January 2013
North Yorkshire Police has thanked the public for their help to get drink and drug drivers off the road over the Christmas period.
Officers arrested 114 and motorists on suspicion of drink driving and conducted 3,455 breath tests during their annual festive crackdown, with many of those drivers being stopped thanks to information received from members of the public, say North Yorkshire Police.
High-visibility patrols on the roads throughout North Yorkshire and the City of York were an integral part of the campaign, say officers but add that intelligence from the community was equally important as it allowed officers to target certain people and specific areas.
Although targeted campaigns such as the Christmas initiative are a focal point in the efforts to put a stop to drink and drug driving, officers are keen to point out that with the help of the public they can target people who get behind the wheel while impaired all year round, say North Yorkshire Police.
Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said: “Although it is concerning that we arrested more people during this year’s campaign than we did 12 months ago and during the summer campaign, I am really pleased by the response of the public in general.
“The vast majority of people know that drink and drug driving is reckless, dangerous and irresponsible which was evident in the number of calls we received to report people suspected of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.
“The public’s support is invaluable in helping to keep our roads safe from drink and drug drivers and I would like to thank everyone for their continued help.
“I hope people will continue to provide us with information throughout the year because the fight against drink driving isn’t just for one month over Christmas it is a 12 month campaign. It will continue year after year until people get the message that drink driving costs lives and is completely unacceptable.”
Since the Christmas drink and drug campaign officially finished on 1 January 2013, officers have continued to target offenders and have made 13 arrests, say police.
The latest arrest, say officers, was in the early hours of this morning (10 January 2013) following a report from a member of the public in Malton, who had seen a Vauxhall Corsa go through traffic lights at speed and hit a pillar outside a business premises in Yorkersgate.
The driver of the vehicle, a 19-year-old local man, was arrested at the scene of the incident after failing a roadside breath test and has since been charged, report North Yorkshire Police. They add that he will appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 31 January 2013.
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