One motorist in Ryedale nearly 4 times over the limit in North Yorkshire drink-drive crackdown

Scarborough saw the highest number of arrests for anywhere in North Yorkshire during a month-long drink and drug driving crackdown.

By Sarah Fitton
Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 8:38 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 8:40 am

Of 143 arrests made by North Yorkshire Police during the December operation, 37 were in the Scarborough district.

They included a Scarborough man who was arrested twice in the same week on suspicion of drug driving.

There were nine arrests made in Ryedale, including a man who was nearly four times over the drink drive limit.

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He was banned from driving until Summer 2023, given a curfew and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

The campaign also saw 31 arrests made in Harrogate, 26 in York, 15 in Selby, 10 in Craven, nine in Hambleton and six in Richmond.

Roads Policing Group Sergeant Andy Morton, who led the operation, said: “It’s very concerning that despite us warning drink drivers we’d catch them, so many ignored these warnings. They risked it and now they are facing the consequences.

“In a large rural county such as North Yorkshire, losing your licence can make life very difficult and sometimes costs people their job. When you are allowed to drive again, insurance costs skyrocket.

“But we see the horrific aftermath of drink driving collisions, so we have very little sympathy for anyone who chooses to endanger themselves and others.

“That’s why we’ll be continuing to focus on drink and drug drivers throughout 2021. We’re determined to get them off our roads and we know the public fully support that.

“I’d also like to thank members of the public who called us to report suspected drink drivers this year – we acted on the information and arrests were made as a direct result of these calls.”

Arrests during the campaign were up slightly on the previous year's, when there were 137 arrests.

Scarborough also saw the highest number of arrests during the 2019 campaign.