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Fight Goes On Against Drink And Drug Driving In North Yorkshire


7:50am 18th June 2014

In the second week of this summer’s campaign 26 more people have been arrested with six charged to appear at court. This brings the total number of people arrested to 53, with 24 due in court.

The campaign’s focus for this year is aimed at younger drivers and raising awareness of the dangers of driving the morning after a night out.

The campaign coincides with the 2014 FIFA World Cup, when large numbers of people are expected to visit pubs to watch the games. Anyone who is expecting to have a drink late at night should not only make sure they have plans to get home safely, but also to ensure that they are safe to drive the following morning. If they are in any doubt as to whether they will be fit to drive, they should make alternative arrangements.

A 53-year-old woman from Bridlington, is due to appear at York Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 3 July 2014, charged with providing 162mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. She was arrested on the A64 at Barton-le-Willows at 3.40pm on Thursday 12 June 2014.

Appearing at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 24 June 2014, is a 44-year-old Ripon woman who is charged with having 109mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The appearance follows her arrest in Ripon at 4.55pm on Sunday 15 June 2014.

Ben Thompson, 27,York, appeared at York Magistrates’ Court charged with drink driving. He was remanded on unconditional bail to appear at York Magistrates’ Court on Monday 23 June 2014.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton, of the Force’s Roads Policing Group, who is leading this year’s campaign said:

“Anyone who is considering taking the risk of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs needs to know that we have officers on patrols across the county ready to catch them."

“We have a number of court dates set so that we can bring offenders to justice at the earliest opportunity.”

Traffic Sergeant Morton added:

“If you have any information I urge you to contact the police straight away and pass all the details you have.”

Anyone who has information about people drink or drug driving should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass the details to the Force Control Room.

For those who would prefer to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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