Police to use static stop checks to tackle drink driving

Police in Richmondshire have announced plans for static stop checks to tackle drink driving this summer.

Motorists have been told to expect an increase in the number of marked and unmarked police vehicles on patrol in the district.

Inspector Martin Metcalfe, from Richmondshire neighbourhood policing team, said: “I am keen to remind road users that it’s not just about having a drink or taking drugs and getting straight into the car – you can also be over the limit the morning after.

“As part of the campaign, we will be conducting extra static and mobile checks early in the morning.

“Over the coming weeks, motorists should expect to see static stop checks when travelling around Richmondshire

“If you do see one, please do not be alarmed, as this campaign is simply about keeping us all as safe as possible and aims to take as many drink and drug drivers off the road as we can, should anyone be stupid enough to risk it.”

He added: “Thankfully over the Christmas period, if I remember correctly we only had four arrests and carried out over 100 breath and drug tests in Richmondshire, which is four too many, but I was pleased with the results.

“With the Euros taking place and many summer events now in full swing, it’s a social time of the year. Our advice this summer remains the same as the rest of the year; instead of one for the road, make it none for the road.

“If you know someone is about to drive and you believe they are under the influence of drink or drugs call us on 999. We endeavour to act on all information that we receive.

“Remember you can also provide information anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via the 101 system, POLICE.UK app, plus via the online reporting form on our North Yorkshire Police website.”


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