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2July2015

North Yorkshire Police summer drink-drive campaign results

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As this summers annual drink-drive campaign comes to a close, North Yorkshire Police have today revealed their results.

The annual campaign running between 1st and 30th June saw 111 arrests for drink and drug driving after breath testing over 850 motorists.

40% of people arrested were at least twice the legal drink drive limit and 12% were found to be three times over the limit.  In last years campaign, just 6% were found to be three times over the legal limit.

Over 14% of those arrested were found to be under the influence of drugs with 10 people providing positive samples on new drug testing devices.

Sgt Andy Morton of North Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Group said; ‘It is very disappointing that people still continue to ignore the warnings and drink or take drugs and get behind the wheel.  Not only are they a danger to themselves, they put other road users at risk.’

‘Drivers should be assured that drink and drug driving will continue to be a priority for us for the rest of the year.  Whilst the national summer campaign may be over, the fight against drink and drug driving in North Yorkshire is not.’

‘I’d like to thank the members of the public who contacted us about suspected drink and drug drivers.  This has assisted us throughout this campaign, enabling us to take these people off the roads.  Two drivers of heavy good vehicles, one a tanker and one carrying steel, were amongst those stopped as a direct result of information from the public.’

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