Harrogate one of worst areas for drink and drug-driving offences in North Yorkshire last Christmas

Harrogate was one of the areas with the most drink and drug-driving related arrests over the Christmas period.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 4:43 pm
Updated Monday, 13th January 2020, 4:43 pm

As part of North Yorkshire Police's enforcement campaign over the festive season, 20 drink and drug-related arrests were made in the town.

Scores of North Yorkshire drivers are now set to lose their licence after police arrested 100 motorists during the campaign.

20 arrests for drink and drug-driving related offences were recorded by North Yorkshire Police between December 9 and January 1.

Defendants will appear in court throughout January and February, where they also face fines and a criminal record.

The traffic sergeant running the campaign for North Yorkshire Police says those convicted have “ruined their new year with an act of stupidity”.

This year’s campaign ran from 9 December to 1 January. It saw police conducting roadside checks across North Yorkshire and acting on intelligence about offenders that was submitted by the public.

Officers also took part in a public engagement event in Harrogate as part of North Yorkshire’s 95Alive partnership.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton, who led the campaign for North Yorkshire Police, said: “Every year, we warn people in the clearest possible terms that if they drive under the influence of drink or drugs they’ll be caught and charged.

“It’s disappointing that so many people didn’t follow our advice this year. They have now ruined their new year with an act of stupidity and they’re facing 2020 without a licence and with a criminal record.

“We have absolutely no sympathy for them – my team and I see the consequences of drink and drug driving first-hand, and they are utterly horrific.

“That’s why we will continue to target drink and drug drivers throughout the year, in every corner of North Yorkshire.

"People who do it simply don’t deserve to be on our roads.”

North Yorkshire Police asks that you call 101 If you know someone who regularly drinks and drives, or call 999 if you witness an offence.