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Police prepared to "arrest more motorists than ever before"

North Yorkshire Police is warning that they are prepared to arrest more motorists than ever before during this year’s festive drink and drug drive campaign.

Officers have arrested 43 people since the Christmas crackdown began on 1st December, despite repeated warnings about the potential dangers and possible repercussions linked to drink and drug driving.

Police have been patrolling the roads of North Yorkshire and the City of York since the campaign began and have breathalysed 1597 motorists.

Of the 43 motorists arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving so far, 21 have been charged and face losing their licences before the year is out.

Our officers have done a great job since the campaign began in detecting suspected drink and drug drivers.

“It is, however, very disappointing that some people still choose to ignore our pleas not to put lives in danger by getting behind the wheel while impaired through drink and drugs.

“I want people to know that we will continue breathalysing people and making arrests in order to keep our communities safe this Christmas.

– Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, North Yorkshire Police

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New scheme to tackle drunkenness

Police in Newcastle are launching a new scheme to cut alcohol-related crime in the city.

People who are arrested will be given the option of halving their £80 fine if they attend a course designed to change their behaviour. It will educate people about the impact of alcohol on them and other people.

The organisers hope it will change people's drinking habits, which will in turn cut crime.

The course will be delivered by training point, who have worked with the local NHS, the police and fire service to offer the course.

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Drinking during pregnancy could damage child's development

As part of national Alcohol Awareness Week, local people in Stockton-on-Tees have been highlighting the dangers of drinking during pregnancy with a 'Pregnant Pause'.

The Pregnant Pause, which represented the nine months that a woman is pregnant for, aimed to educate more people about a disorder which affects thousands of babies every year, is completely preventable and yet is still not widely known about.

Foetal Alcohol Specrum disorder is what can happen if a mother drinks during pregnancy and can affect the development of a child's organs and facial features.

Children who have Foetal Alcohol Specrum disorder suffer from:

  • Mouth, teeth and facial problems
  • Weak immune system
  • Epilepsy
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney and heart defects
  • Cerebral palsy and other muscular problems
  • Height and weight issues
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Hearing and ear problems

Shop shut for selling alcohol to children

An off-licence in North Yorkshire is to be temporarily closed down by trading standards officers for 'persistently' selling alcohol to children.

A two-day closure on the Wine Box in Stokesley was imposed by North Yorkshire County Council after it was found that alcohol was sold illegally twice in a two month period.

Recent changes to the Licensing Act mean trading standards officers and police now have the power to stop the sale of alcohol for up 14 days.

The licence holder at Wine Box, Claire Foster, has accepted the notice as an alternative to being prosecuted.

The closure notice is designed to be a quick and effective response in the circumstances where licensed premises have persistently sold alcohol to underage children.

Measures to stop children obtaining alcohol are crucial to prevent addiction from a young age with all the consequent health, social and emotional issues.

Our trading standards officers have now worked with this licensee to put measures in place to stop any further underage sales from these premises.

Although a closure notice may seem draconian, the alternative is prosecution, thereby risking a fine of up to £20,000.

– Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Trading Standards
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