Three people arrested during drink and drug driving crackdown

Police say three people have been arrested as part of a drink and drug driving crackdown in Richmondshire.

In total, 51 motorists have been breathalysed or drug tested in December so far.

Inspector Martin Metcalfe, from Richmondshire neighbourhood policing team, said: “Overall the results are good, although three people have rather stupidly made the wrong choice and decided to go for it.

“So far, we have arrested two males and one female at various times of the day and night from different parts of Richmondshire.

“I am very disappointed that we have had to make these three arrests, but also at the same time am very happy we caught them.

“The outcome for these three was a trip in a police van to Harrogate Police Station to be processed and then a court appearance as soon as possible once any evidence was secured. It is therefore clearly not worth the risk.”

Insp Metcalfe had previously warned he was considering naming those people arrested for drink or drug driving over the festive period.

However, he added: “After taking advice, I have decided that although it is perfectly legal to do so once charged, I will release their details once convicted at court.

Please do not get caught out or risk it as we will be conducting even more tests over the busy Christmas period and into the New Year.

“If you suspect someone driving a vehicle of drink or drug driving dial 999 when it is safe to do so with information, including their vehicle, registration number and current location.

“Also, if you know of a regular drink or drug driver, then you can also simply reply to me and I will do the rest. I will need as much useful information as possible, such as location, timings and vehicle details please.

“Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers free in complete confidence and anonymously on 0800 555 111.”


1 Comment

  1. Why is it so important for the police to just have a big crackdown on drunk driving coming up to Christmas?

    I would think this should be extended to all year round.

    As people can be killed on our roads all year round by drunk drivers, not just the time coming up to Christmas.

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