A woman has been arrested for being four times over the limit as the police’s annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign gets underway.
Shortly after 2pm on Saturday, December 3, a member of the public contacted the police to report a stationary vehicle on a blind bend at Kiplin near Scorton.
On arrival officers carried out a breath test on the driver who provided a reading which was around four times over the legal alcohol limit.
The woman was arrested and taken into custody where she was breathalysed again and recorded a reading of 141 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.
The woman was charged with driving a motor vehicle when over the alcohol limit.
She is due to appear in court on Monday, December 19.
Members of the public are being urged to call out anyone who is behind the wheel when under the influence of drink or drugs by dialling 999.
The force launched its annual Christmas drink drug drive campaign on Thursday with the help of Mark Charnock who plays Marlon Dingle in Emmerdale.
Mark participated in a mock road traffic collision to highlight the dangers of drink and drug driving to members of the public.
A link to the video which shows the mock road traffic collision can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MalSqTlsP4
In the first eight days of the campaign officers have made 18 arrests, including three in Richmondshire.
Ten of the arrests were for drink driving and eight arrests were for drug driving. 15 of the arrests were men and three of the arrests were women.
Superintendent Emma Aldred, head of Specialist Operations at North Yorkshire Police, said: “These figures send out a clear message that we’re out across North Yorkshire trying to intercept people who choose to drive when under the influence of drink or drugs.
“As we head into what is anticipated to be a busy weekend with the world cup and many Christmas parties taking place, I would urge people to plan their night and think about how they are getting home.
“If you’re out and become aware of someone who is about to drive and is under the influence of drink or drugs then call it in on 999. One call could be all it takes to save a life. “
Police say they are patrolling in marked and unmarked vehicles across the county as well as conducting static checks on the side of the road. Officers are keen to remind people 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.
North Yorkshire Police is continuing to target drink and drug drivers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To prevent people being seriously hurt, or worse, please share information about drink drivers with North Yorkshire Police by dialling 101 and selecting option 1. If it’s happening now, then Save a Life and Call it in by dialling 999.