Twenty people have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving since the beginning of North Yorkshire Police’s Christmas Safety Campaign.
Officers have been patrolling the roads of North Yorkshire and the City of York, looking out for potential offenders in an effort to keep people safe during the festive season.
Eight of the 20 people arrested have been charged and will appear before the courts before the New Year.
Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton, of North Yorkshire Police’s Road Policing Group, said:
The Christmas Safety Campaign has been running for one week now and as part of the initiative we have been targeting people who think they can get away with drinking and taking drugs before driving.
Put simply, anyone who gets behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs is putting lives at risk and we will not tolerate it.
Throughout December we will be out in force on the roads of North Yorkshire and the City of York and if you take the risk you are likely to be caught.
The simple alternative to drink driving is to plan your journey home in advance of a night out. Book a taxi, arrange for someone to pick you up, take public transport or appoint a designated driver – all are far better options than a night in a cell, a driving ban, or causing serious injuries to yourself or someone else.
York – seven (two charged)
Harrogate/Ripon – six (three charged)
Craven – two (one charged)
Thirsk – two (one charged)
Scarborough – one (one charged)
Leyburn – one
Selby – one