Police seek help from public in summer drink drive campaign

12.00 | 2 June 2017 | | 1 comment

North Yorkshire Police is appealing to members of the public to report anyone they suspect of driving while over the alcohol limit, as part of a new campaign launched yesterday (1 June).

The force says with the public’s assistance, it can ensure dangerous drivers are taken off the region’s roads.

North Yorkshire Police say the number of drink drivers found to be nearly three times over the limit has grown from 5.5% of those arrested for the offence in 2014, to 13% in 2016.

The force also says that figures from previous summer campaigns show that ‘more sunshine means more social drinking’, which leads to an increase in drink driving.

Throughout the summer campaign, which is supported by the 95 Alive Road Safety Partnership, North Yorkshire Police will be sharing interviews with traffic officers who routinely deal with the aftermath of drivers who are over the limit.

The interviews give an insight into the incidents that officers witness and deal with on a daily basis and highlight how destructive this behaviour can be.

Sgt Andy Morton, from North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said: “The public have been a huge support with our previous campaigns and we continue to appeal to them. If you have information which would enable us to locate a driver over the limit, please contact us and let us know.

“Be assured, officers from the Roads Policing Group will be out in force throughout the campaign, targeting drivers who are putting others at risk. With the assistance of the public, we can ensure we get dangerous drivers off our roads and make them a much safer place to travel.

“If a member of the public contacts us and gives us the information, we will act on it. By picking up the phone and dialling 999 or 101, you could save a person’s life.”

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    Was lunching the other day and by the way not drinking alcohol. However at the pub/eatery there were three distinct groups also enjoying some lunch. I saw a cycle club, about 8 of them and with their Italian pasta they were on the beer and it was flowing freely. Another smaller group, well three were motorcyclists and they were also enjoying a bevvy. a beer or two. Finally there were the car drivers and some of them were also imbibing. I engaged one, about my age, in conversation and it appears that this was a regular thing, eat out and have a pint because one pint does no harm. The conversation ended somewhat abruptly when I tried to inform him that this was not the case and that one pint could diminish a driver’s ability. Ah well you can’t win them all.

    Bob Craven Lancs
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