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Drink drivers caught in North Yorkshire go through courts


11:46am 9th February 2012

The impact of North Yorkshire Police’s Christmas drink and drug drive campaign is still being felt two months on.

Although the campaign is over, the fight against drink and drug driving is not, with officers on the look out for offenders all year round.

Drivers caught during the campaign are still being put through the court system and being banned for their Christmas crimes.

A man who recorded one of the highest breath test readings of the campaign was given a suspended prison sentence when he appeared at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on 31 January 2012.

George Richard Eade, 50, from Newmarket, pleaded guilty to driving while over four times the legal drink drive limit. He was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment suspended for two years, banned from driving for three years and was ordered to pay £85 costs.

He was also given a three month curfew, confining him to his home address between the hours of 7pm and 7am daily.

Eade was arrested just after 2.30pm on Friday 23 December 2011 by officers enforcing North Yorkshire Police’s Christmas drink and drug drive crackdown.

A concerned member of the public had contacted police to report an Iveco horsebox travelling erratically on the A1(M) near Thirsk. Officers located and stopped the vehicle near Wetherby where Eade was breathalysed, providing a positive sample of 154 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal drink drive limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, who coordinated the Christmas drink and drug drive campaign, said:

“It is staggering that someone would think it acceptable to drive a horsebox having consumed any alcohol, never mind the amount Mr Eade had drunk.

“It is extremely disappointing that people still ignore the constant warnings about the devastating impact drink driving can have. Mr Eade should count himself lucky that his actions have only cost him a driving ban, he is very fortunate that he didn’t kill himself or somebody else.

“I urge everybody to please think about the consequences and take responsibility for their actions as countless preventable tragedies occur every year through drink or drug driving.”

If you suspect someone of drink or drug driving, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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