NORTH Yorkshire Police say they are better prepared than ever to combat drug drivers on the county’s roads this Christmas.
The force now has one of only seven Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) in the entire country patrolling the highways after Traffic Constable Yvonne Taylor, who is based at Tadcaster, passed an intensive three week scholarship course in Sacramento, California.
She now has the skills and knowledge to prove drug impairment has an influence on an individual’s ability to drive and her qualification is recognised at expert level by the courts.
This has provided a boost for officers as they prepare to launch this year’s drink and drug drive campaign on December 1.
Traffic Sergeant Ian Pope, of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said: “TC Taylor’s trip to America, which was financed by the International Police Association, means she is now a qualified Drugs Recognition Expert.
“This is a massive positive for North Yorkshire Police in the fight against drug driving and TC Taylor’s skills will make it far easier for us to prove offences have been committed and bring offenders to justice.
“North Yorkshire Police treat drink and drug driving very seriously and thankfully the criminal justice system show no leniency either. The courts hand out mandatory disqualifications to those found guilty of being impaired through alcohol or drugs.”