Public play part in police’s fight

Scarborough police have launched a major crackdown on drink drivers - with four motorists banned for being over the limit.

Police swooped on drivers in a new campaign to cut down on motorists under the influence of alcohol and drugs, making 44 arrests across North Yorkshire throughout June.

More than 25 of the drivers stopped are set to appear in court, with eight drink drivers already banned.

A 50-year-old Scarborough has been banned for 25 months and fined £1,140 after being found to be drunk in charge of a motor vehicle on Tuesday, June 5.

The man was stopped by officers in Limestone Road, in Burniston, earlier this month.

Police found him at the side of the road with his vehicle which looked as though it had been in collision with a fence post.

He was breathalysed at the roadside and recorded a positive breath test of 99 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

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

A 36-year-old man from Scarborough has also been banned for 12 months after a collision in New Queen Street on Monday, June 4.

The man was punished after failing to provide a sample after officers stopped him.

He was fined £140 and ordered to pay £85 costs, during a hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

A 50-year-old woman from Driffield has also been banned from driving for 14 months and ordered to pay £85 costs after appearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

She was arrested after providing a positive sample of 53 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when officers tested her following a road traffic collision at Foxholes.

A 56-year-old man from Guisborough, in Cleveland, has been disqualified from driving for three years.

The man was arrested in the early hours of Sunday, June 3 by officers who spotted him driving erratically on the A171 at Aislaby, near Whitby.

He gave a positive roadside breath test, recording 71 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

He was fined £260 and ordered to pay £85 costs by magistrates.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, who is co-ordinating the campaign for North Yorkshire Police, said: “It is astounding that despite all the warnings and well-documented dangers of drink and drug driving that people are still willing to take a chance.

“While I am pleased that we have made 44 arrests at the halfway point of the campaign, I am also disappointed that some people still think that drink and drug driving is acceptable behaviour.

“For most people it is completely unacceptable and I can assure anyone whether they are first time offenders or repeat offenders the police are out there looking for you and if you get caught the courts have shown that they will take an extremely dim view of your case.”

“If you don’t want to get caught the safest way is to avoid drinking any alcohol or taking any drugs at all before driving.

“Even a small amount of alcohol can impair your judgement and the consequences can be devastating.”

Anyone with information about a drink or drug driver should contact police on 101.