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North Yorkshire's Christmas road safety campaign launches

A campaign to reduce the number of people driving while under the influence of drink or drugs this festive season has been launched in North Yorkshire.

Officials from the county's Road Safety Partnership, which includes the police, fire service and other organisations, say the message is simple: "We want you to live".

Every year, around 1,400 people on average arrested across North Yorkshire for drink or drug driving and more people tend to drink and drug drive over the festive period.

North Yorkshire Police, along with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and other partner agencies in the York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership, is warning motorists of the dangers or drink and drug driving and the force says it will take robust steps to ensure those who do take risks are caught and taken off the roads.

Traffic officers across the county will be conducting around-the-clock patrols and breath testing. The campaign runs from 1 December 2021 to 1 January 2022.

Sergeant Andy Morton said: “A lot of people think police are just interested in catching and arresting as many people as possible for drink or drug driving over the festive period. And whilst this is true to an extent, the main priority for us is to keep people alive. That’s why we do the job we do, and why we do these extra patrols.

“We are trying to prevent people from dying on our roads. We want to catch people who take serious risks by breaking the law in this way, before they kill themselves or someone else.

“Drink and drug driving kills. It’s that simple. We want you to live and be at home with your loved ones this Christmas.”

Listen to Sgt Andy Morton talking to Rombalds Radio:

Tony Peel, Group Manager for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This campaign is key to helping ensure we drive home the message that drink and drug driving kills.

“The York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership will work together throughout December to educate and engage as many people as possible with an aim of making our roads safer for all users.

“None of us want people to die on our roads. So, my message is: don’t take that risk and make sure you’re safe this festive season”.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “We recognise that many of us enjoy a drink during the festive period. However, it’s very easy to misjudge if it’s safe to get in the car and drive after doing so. Just one large glass of wine or a pint of beer can take at least two hours to leave your body before it’s safe to drive again.

“We encourage people to stay safe by leaving the car at home and arranging alternative means of transport or designating an alcohol-free driver for the evening. We have all seen or heard the devastating consequences of drink or drug driving; please don’t put yourself or your loved ones at risk.”


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