Police praise sober drivers after all pass breath tests

Police have praised drivers in Richmondshire after all 27 roadside roadside breath tests carried out last night came back as negative.

Neighbourhood community officers took part in a drink drive crackdown in rural areas of the district.

Inspector martin Metcalfe, from Richmondshire neighbourhood policing team, said: “Last night was the first shift of many that we went out with the sole aim of carrying out breath tests on motorists when we had the power to do so.

“Although we carried out some breath tests in Richmond, Leyburn and Catterick Garrison, we also travelled via the following more remote places to speak with as many motorists that we possibly could.

“The other places we visited were, Middleham, West Burton, Bainbridge, Aysgarth, Hawes, Askrigg, Carperby, Redmire, Harmby, Reeth, Gilling West, Melsonby, Barton, Croft, Scorton, North Cowton, Constable Burton, amongst others.

“Everyone we spoke to was very happy to see us, so we will definitely be back, plus we will visit the places we could not reach on this occasion.

“I have to say I am very, very pleased with the results, as we carried out 27 breath tests and the result was zero arrests and therefore zero positive results, plus all of the results were zero.”

Insp Metcalfe descried the outcome as “fantastic news”.

“This does not mean we will not carry on doing this as I am sure there will be some people who will still make the wrong decision and take a chance, especially over the Christmas and New Year period.

“We obviously cannot be everywhere all of the time as the area we cover is huge (509 square miles), but as you can see we can make an appearance at any time, on any day, so why risk it is what I say to anyone thinking of drink or drug driving?

“Thank you to those involved for the excellent results on our first shift of trying this and if you are concerned about anyone drink or drug driving, there are a number of ways to report this so we can take positive action.

“Ring 101 and report it, mentioning me (Inspector 583 METCALFE), so the operator can highlight the information to me and it can be recorded in the correct way.”

Alternatively ring Crimestoppers free on 0800 555 111, anonymously.

And if you believe that a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, call 999 and give as much information as possible along with the location.