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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