North Yorkshire road safety campaign launched
North Yorkshire police say they will be conducting around the clock patrols and breath testing in its new road safety campaign aimed at tackling 1,400 yearly arrests.
The campaign, which is being headed by York and North Yorkshire’s Road Safety Partnership, is se to run from December 1 to January 1 2022.
North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and other partner agencies in the York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership, are looking to warn motorists of the dangers of Drink and Drug Driving.
The campaign is looking to take robust steps to ensure those who do take these risks are caught and taken off the road with the message “we want you to live.”
According to the campaign, every year around 1,400 people are arrested across the North Yorkshire for drink and drug driving and they know more people tend to drink and drug drive over the festive period.
Sergeant Andy Morton said: “A lot of people think police are just interested in catching and arresting as many people as possible for Drink or Drug driving over the festive period.
“And whilst this is true to an extent, the main priority for us is to keep people alive. That’s why we do the job we do, and why we do these extra patrols.
“We are trying to prevent people from dying on our roads. We want to catch people who take serious risks by breaking the law in this way, before they kill themselves or someone else.
“Drink and drug driving kills. It’s that simple. We want you to live and be at home with your loved ones this Christmas.”
Tony Peel, group manager for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This campaign is key to helping ensure we drive home the message that Drink and Drug driving kills.
“The York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership will work together throughout December to educate and engage as many people as possible with an aim of making our roads safer for all users.
“None of us want people to die on our roads. So, my message is don’t take that risk and make sure you’re safe this festive season”.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for access, said: “We recognise that many of us enjoy a drink during the festive period. However, it’s very easy to misjudge if it’s safe to get in the car and drive after doing so.
“Just one large glass of wine or a pint of beer can take at least two hours to leave your body before it’s safe to drive again.
“We encourage people to stay safe by leaving the car at home and arranging alternative means of transport or designating an alcohol-free driver for the evening.
“We have all seen or heard the devastating consequences of drink or drug driving; please don’t put yourself or your loved ones at risk.”
Councillor Andy D’Agorne, deputy leader and executive member for transport, at City of York Council, said: “Partnership working has made a real positive difference in reducing drink and drug drivers already, but we cannot be complacent.
“As we approach the festive season we’re encouraging drivers to think before they get behind the wheel and are reminding e-scooter riders that the laws and risks apply to them too.”