Harrogate police step up drink driving checks ahead of pubs reopening

Residents across the district are being reminded to stay safe and not to drive under the influence as pubs reopen this weekend.

Friday, 3rd July 2020, 1:19 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd July 2020, 1:20 pm

Officers across the county will be on the lookout for drink drivers as scores of people turn out for their first pub pint in months.

Police are also urging people to think about how they will get home – the usual public transport options may not be available and taxis are likely to be very busy.

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Checks will be in place to deter drink-drivers this weekend.

Traffic Sergeant Andrew Morton, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Everyone’s waited a long time for a few pints with friends down the pub.

“And while a night out may feel a bit different, the rules on drink driving remain exactly the same.

“We will be on the lookout for drink drivers – we know a small minority will risk it, and we will be out on our roads to catch them.

“Do not do something you’ll regret.

“Plan ahead and bear in mind that getting home is likely to be more difficult than usual.

“Have fun, stay safe, and remember now you’ve got your pub back, don’t lose your licence!”

There will be a high-visibility roads policing presence during the campaign, which starts today.

Driver checks are taking place throughout the district of Harrogate and across North Yorkshire.

Anyone who gives a positive breath test or who fails to provide a specimen will be taken into police custody.

After being charged, they will be taken to court where they are likely to be banned from driving, fined and end up with a criminal record.

Police are also encouraging people who can share information about suspected drink drivers to contact the force, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To report drink driving, call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and select option 1. If you see an incident that is about to happen or is happening now, call 999.