Christmas campaign for road safety

SCARBOROUGH drivers are being urged to have the “bottle to say no” as the police launch their Christmas drink and drug drive campaign.

The campaign, which starts today and runs until January 1, will see North Yorkshire Police out in force throughout the county breathalysing drivers on the roads.

The force also has 170 officers who are trained to conduct roadside Field Impairment Tests, which are a series of aptitude assessments used to establish whether someone has been driving while under the influence of drugs.

North Yorkshire Police also has one of only seven Drug Recognition Experts in the country, Traffic Constable Yvonne Taylor.

Her skills, which are recognised at expert level by the courts, enable her to prove drug impairment. Last year 250 people died as a direct result of drink or drug drivers on the nation’s roads. In North Yorkshire there were 117 people injured as a result of drink or drug driving.

Officers have teamed up with the 95Alive York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership, which includes North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Yorkshire Ambulance Service and local councils, to ensure that the county’s roads are safe this Christmas.