Harrogate arrests in police drink drive crackdown

Police ran the campaign throughout June
Police ran the campaign throughout June

North Yorkshire Police arrested 14 people on suspicion of drink or drug driving across Harrogate district during a June crackdown.

The force made a total of 103 arrests across North Yorkshire after appealing at the start of June for people to ‘dob in a drink driver’ or ‘grass on a drug driver’.

Police reported a large volume of calls had been made by the public, leading to the arrests between June 1 and July 1.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said: “The support we have had from the public throughout this campaign has been fantastic and I would like to thank each and every person who has called in to report a suspected drink or drug driver.

“Over the past couple of campaigns, both at Christmas and last summer, we have seen a rise in the number of people who want to help us and it is really pleasing that the support has increased during this campaign.

“Arresting over 100 people may seem like a lot but it shows that we are catching offenders and getting them off the roads before they cause serious damage to themselves or somebody else.

“We all know that drink driving is illegal, irresponsible, dangerous and deadly and even though this particular campaign is over, I urge people to keep picking up the phone and help us to save lives.”

Officers charged 59 people with drink driving during the summer campaign and 23 of those have already been banned from the roads for between one and five years.

TS Stringer added: “If you are guilty of drink driving you face a ban of at least 12 months, which could well cost you your job, relationship, or even your home.

“There is too much to lose just for the sake of a drink. Don’t risk it, as the chances are you will get caught.

“If you have a crash, we will breathalyse you. If someone tells us you have been drink driving, we will breathalyse you. If we suspect you have been drink driving, we will breathalyse you. If you are randomly stopped during a drink driving operation, we will breathalyse you.

“It simply isn’t worth it. Keep yourself and other people safe by doing the responsible thing by either not drinking at all before driving or arranging alternative transport if you are having a drink.”

If you would like to report a drink or drug driver, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the Force Control Room.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.