North Yorkshire Police and 95 Alive have launched this year’s drink and drug driving campaign – over the limit under arrest.
The media event was held at the Harrogate Hydro Pool and was supported by North Yorkshire Police, 95 Alive and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.
The objective of campaign is to inform and educate about the dangers and consequences of drink and drug driving and the steps Police will be taking to ensure our roads are safe this Christmas.
Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick talks about the need for the campaign and why not drinking rather than just one or two drinks is not the way forward.
Simon Meynell of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has been to many incidents where drinking or drugs have been a factor.
Traffic Constable Andrew Ingram talks about one of the road side testing devices they can now use. These identify the commonly used drugs and allow a driver to be arrested and a blood test requested at a police station.
Fional Ancell has worked for many years with North Yorkshire County Council on road safety initiatives. Her team will be out and about throughout Yorkshire coming up to Christmas, spreading the messages of don’t drink and drive or take drugs and then drive.
The electronic roadside testing device that can identify drugs within an individual within around 10-minutes. This then gives the Police reason to arrest and request a blood test for evidential purposes.