Richmondshire police on the lookout for drink drivers as pubs reopen

Police say they will be on the lookout for drink drivers across Richmondshire this weekend as many of the district’s pubs reopen.

North Yorkshire Police are #urging people to think about how they will get home, with the usual public transport options may not be available and taxis are likely to be very busy.

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.

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

After being charged, they are 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.