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Seven Arrested in York and One in Selby in First Week of Christmas Drink Drive Crackdown


4:35pm 6th December 2013

Seven people have been arrested in York and one in Selby in the first week of North Yorkshire Police's Christmas drink-drive crackdown.

Across North Yorkshire, twenty people have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving since the beginning of North Yorkshire Police’s Christmas Safety Campaign.

Officers have been patrolling the roads of North Yorkshire and the City of York, looking out for potential offenders in an effort to keep people safe during the festive season.

Eight of the 20 people arrested, including two in York, have been charged and will appear before the courts before the New Year.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton, of North Yorkshire Police’s Road Policing Group, said: “The Christmas Safety Campaign has been running for one week now and as part of the initiative we have been targeting people who think they can get away with drinking and taking drugs before driving.

“Put simply, anyone who gets behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs is putting lives at risk and we will not tolerate it.

“Thrroughout December we will be out in force on the roads of North Yorkshire and the City of York and if you take the risk you are likely to be caught.

“The simple alternative to drink driving is to plan your journey home in advance of a night out. Book a taxi, arrange for someone to pick you up, take public transport or appoint a designated driver – all are far better options than a night in a cell, a driving ban, or causing serious injuries to yourself or someone else.”

As part of the campaign, officers are also reminding people to be mindful of their personal safety and the security of their homes and vehicles.

For more information visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/Christmas

Or, download our AllWrappedUp Christmas Safety Smartphone APP by typing christmas.nyp.mobi into your web browser.

Follow @NYorksPolice on Twitter for daily Christmas safety tips throughout December.

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