From the beginning of December, police forces across England and Wales are launching their annual Christmas Drink and Drug campaign - targeting anyone over the limit.
As police forces in the Tyne Tees region join the nation-wide crackdown, road safety charity Brake is calling for tougher punishments for those who break the law.
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Strong winds have been bringing problems across the region. Among the issues reported:
- North Yorkshire Police called to numerous reports on trees which have blown over
- Tyne and Wear Fire Service dealing with trees, roofs and a chimney which posed a danger as a result of the weather
- Northern Powergrid dealing with a number of power cuts, including the NE19 and NE48 postcode areas of Northumberland
- Delays of up to 45 minutes on Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Carlisle
- Delays on the Tyne and Wear Metro between Chillingham Road and St James due to obstruction on the line
Winds are now easing, and earlier restrictions on the A19 Tees Viaduct and the A66 have now been lifted.
Two people have been taken to hospital after two coaches crashed on the A19 in North Yorkshire - one passenger with serious abdominal injuries.
The collision involved two single-decker holiday coaches travelling from Durham to York.
The crash happened at 10am on Sunday at Bagby, three miles south of Thirsk.
The two coaches were carrying approximately 50 passengers in total.
North Yorkshire Police say two of them suffered injuries.
One passenger, who received minor injuries to the hand, has been treated at York Hospital. The other passenger received more serious abdominal injuries and is being treated at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.
More coaches were sent to the scene to take uninjured passengers to a safe place.
Two buses have collided with each other in rural North Yorkshire.
It happened at 11.20am (Sunday) on the A19 between Easingwold and Thirsk.
Police say around 80 passengers were on board the two buses, which had both set off from Durham.
Some have been treated at the scene for minor injuries. There were no fatalities.
The road is closed and diversions are in place between Sessay and Tollerton.
The cause of the crash has not been established.
Retailers said on Saturday that they were reaping the benefits from the Black Friday sale event.
Although a great deal of business appears to have taken place online, our shopping centres are reporting brisk trade.
Many stores are offering discounts across the weekend, as part of extended Black Friday promotions.
Shoppers are expected to spend more than £3 billion by the end of Cyber Monday, despite a "muted" Black Friday on the high street prompting suggestions the American phenomenon has already peaked in the UK.
Saturday shoppers at the Metrocentre in Gateshead told ITV Tyne Tees that they were hoping to bag bargains during the extended Black Friday phenomenon, while many retailers reported a big rise in sales.
Retail giant Amazon reported record figures on Friday, with more than 7.4 million items ordered, leading to its biggest sales day ever in the UK.
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