Crackdown on drink driving

Police appeal.
Police appeal.

A drink-driver was caught in Harrogate just an hour after a county-wide campaign was launched in the town.

The 56-year-old was stopped by police on Leeds Road at 11am on Friday, failing a breath test after driving around the wrong side of a bollard.

Later that same day a 62-year-old man was arrested after a crash at the Prince of Wales roundabout.

Officers, called to the scene at just 7pm, could smell alcohol and, when tested, he was found to be nearly three times over the legal limit.

And a third man, spotted by police in the early hours of Monday morning, was found to be nearly twice the legal drink-drive limit.

This man, a 38-year-old from Preston, was stopped on Cheltenham Parade after he failed to indicate.

In total, 11 people have been picked up by police since the launch of the 2013 summer drink and drug driving campaign last Friday.

“There really is nowhere to hide,” said Supt Dave Foster of North Yorkshire Police.

“Drink and drug is completely unacceptable and if you take the risk this summer, the chances are we will catch you.”

Police, the fire service, paramedics and the council were at the launch of the campaign outside Harrogate’s Victoria Centre on Friday.

A drink and drug driver counter has been added to the police force’s website to document arrests as part of the campaign. Those who have been convicted are to be named and shamed online.

And a message, to appear on beer mats across the county, will encourage people to ‘dob in a drink driver’ and ‘grass on a drug driver’.