Police announce drink drive clampdown
A CLAMPDOWN on drink and drug drivers has been announced by police following a number of arrests in recent weeks.
Police have announced 21 arrests with nine people facing losing their licences before Christmas after being charged with drink driving.
On Saturday just after midnight police said a Seat car ploughed into a house in York Road in Barlby demolishing a porch and there was an odour of gas shortly after the crash. A man in his 20s, said by police to be suspected of driving while over the prescribed limit, was arrested at the scene.
Since the “95 Alive” York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership’s annual festive drink and drug drive campaign began on Saturday, 21 people have been arrested on suspicion of getting behind the wheel while under the influence.
Eight people have been released on police bail as enquiries continue, three people will have no further action taken against them, while those charged are due to appear in court over the next two weeks. A 50-year-old man remains in police custody after being arrested in York on Monday night.
Officers have been out in force across North Yorkshire and the City of York since the crackdown began and will continue to patrol the roads to keep people safe this Christmas. Traffic sergeant Pete Stringer said: “Considering we arrested 100 people in the whole of last year’s campaign, 21 arrests is a fairly high figure in the first four days of this year’s operation. It is pleasing that we are catching the people who are prepared to take a foolish risk, but it is concerning that the message isn’t getting across to some.
“The message is loud and clear: drink driving costs lives. It’s as simple as that. If you take a chance and get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs, you are not only putting your own life at risk but the lives of innocent members of the public. The high number of arrests so far shows how serious and committed we are to catching drink and drug drivers and bringing them to justice. Remember, don’t take the chance.”
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