POLICE efforts to combat drink and drug-driving this Christmas are continuing around North Yorkshire.
These individuals will now have to face the consequences of their illegal behaviour and go before a court, where they are likely to face a hefty fine and a ban from the roads
Dave Brown - North Yorkshire’s Head of Strategic Roads Policing
Last week (10 December) it was revealed that 13 motorists had flouted the law by getting behind the wheel whilst over the prescribed limit for alcohol.
Now, as we enter the third week of the 95 Alive York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership campaign, a further 11 people have been caught drink-driving by North Yorkshire Police.
“These individuals will now have to face the consequences of their illegal behaviour and go before a court, where they are likely to face a hefty fine and a ban from the roads,” said Inspector Dave Brown, North Yorkshire’s Head of Strategic Roads Policing.
“They should count themselves lucky that their crass stupidity did not cause serious injury or death to themselves or another innocent road user.”
The majority of the offences have occurred during the early hours of the morning, which suggests some people think they can get away with drinking and driving at that time of day.Clearly this is not the case.
“There are no excuses for drink or drug-driving, no matter what time of day or location,” said Insp Brown.
“We will keep saying the message over and over again until it sinks in: If you fancy a night out on the drink, then leave the car at home - simple as that. Get a taxi or ensure one of the group is a designated driver and remains sober.
“Drinking and driving is a lethal combination, so don’t even think about taking the risk or there will be serious implications to face."
Police stop-checks and enforcement operations are continuing around the county, as well as education and advice from the 95 Alive Partnership.
So far more than 1,000 motorists have been breathalysed during the campaign since its launch on 27 November.
Anyone suspected of consuming alcohol and driving, committing a moving traffic offence or have been involved in a road collision will be breath-tested automatically.
Among those due in court are:
- A 23-year-old woman from Harrogate was arrested for drink-driving after being stopped by the police on Grove Park Terrace, Harrogate, at 4.30am on 11 December 2008. She was driving a Peugeot 307.
When breathalysed, she blew 65 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
- A 31-year-old man from Catterick Garrison was arrested for drink-driving at the town’s McDonald’s drive-thru, Richmondshire Way, at 12.15am on 12 December 2008. He was driving a Ford S-Max.
When tested, he blew 110 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
- A 57-year old man from the Bedale area was arrested for drink-driving on the A684 at Aiskew, at 6.30pm on 12 December 2008. He was driving a VW Passatt.
When breathalysed, he blew 108 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
- A 23-year-old man from Thirsk was arrested for drink-driving on the A61 at Carlton Miniott at 4.45am on 14 December 2008. He was in a Mitsubishi Lancer.
When tested, he recorded 48 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.