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"No Casualty Day" targets drunk and drugged drivers

[Friday 30 June 2006]

MOTORISTS driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs will be targeted throughout the course of today (30th June) in a crackdown by North Yorkshire Police.

Force cracks down on
drunk and drugged drivers

Traffic officers will focus on drink and drugs as part of their "No Casualty Day", the ninth in a series of successful campaigns aimed at reducing the number of deaths and injuries on the county's roads.

Officers will target major routes across the county as well as specific sites where problems have been identified. All drivers involved in collisions will be tested as well as those suspected of drunk or drugged driving.

The No Casualty Day coincides with the force's current summer drink-drive initiative which has already seen more than 800 drivers breath-tested and 98 people arrested for drink-drive offences since 5th June.

Road Policing Inspector, Chris Charlton said: "In an ideal world we would breath-test 800 drivers and not have to make any arrests.

They must understand that we are actively out to catch them and that they will be banned from the roads

Chris Charlton - North Yorkshire Police

"This would show that people are aware of the massive risks involved by getting behind the wheel when under the influence of drink or drugs.

"But some drivers continue to ignore the safety messages and place their own and other road users' lives in danger. They must understand that we are actively out to catch them and that they will be banned from the roads."

  • Fridays are targeted for the force's casualty reduction days as analysis of collision records show that over the past three years an average of 16% more injury accidents happen on Fridays, the majority between 12 noon and 8pm.

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