Arrests for Christmas drink and drug driving hit 100

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer from North Yorkshire Police.
Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer from North Yorkshire Police.

North Yorkshire Police’s annual effort to put a stop to festive drink and drug drivers has resulted in almost 100 arrests.

Since the Christmas crackdown began on December 1, officers have arrested 99 motorists on suspicion of getting behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Thankfully there have been no fatalities or serious injuries as a result of drink or drug driving since the beginning of the operation, which has seen 3,204 breath tests conducted.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer said: “It is concerning that we have made so many arrests since December 1 and it appears that some people just aren’t getting the message.

“It is pleasing though, that we are catching people who are prepared to take a risk and getting them off the roads before they can kill or seriously injure someone.

“Between now and the new year, officers will be out in force on our roads and if you drink or take drugs and drive we will catch you and you face losing your licence.”

Members of the public have played a major part in this year’s campaign.

Sgt Stringer added: “Since the campaign began we have had some very good information from members of the public which has helped us to stop a number of drink and drug drivers.

“I urge the public to keep reporting people suspected of driving while unfit to the police and to encourage their friends and family not to drive if they have a had a drink or taken drugs.”