North Yorkshire Police today issued an update on its Christmas drink driving campaign.
The force said there have been 50 people arrested for drink or drug driving in the first half of the month long crackdown, from 1-15 December.
In the first eight days officers arrested 18 people. The second week of the campaign has seen the figure increase sharply to 32 arrests.
Drink driving arrests: 7 days to 15 December
Source: North Yorkshire Police
Out of the 50 arrests, 38 were men and 12 were women.
Two of the highest recent readings were in Northallerton and Malton.
On Tuesday 13 December, a member of the public called police to report a driver who had been drinking in Northallerton.
Officers carried out a breath test on the driver who provided a reading which was around four times over the legal alcohol limit.
A 46-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving when above the alcohol limit. She refused to provide an evidential reading at the police station, and was charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis.
At 5pm yesterday (Thursday) officers stopped a vehicle in Norton near Malton.
It was uninsured and was also not displaying tax.
The 52-year-old driver who provided a roadside breath test reading of 124.
At the police station he provided a reading of 98 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. He was charged with drink driving and driving with no insurance. He was also reported the offence of displaying no tax.
Superintendent Emma Aldred, head of specialist operations at North Yorkshire Police, said: “It’s alarming to see that we have arrested 50 people in just over two weeks for drink or drug driving in North Yorkshire.
“I would like to thank members of the public who are responding to our campaign and providing us with information about people who are driving after consuming drink or drugs.
“The message is clear; we will not tolerate drink and drug drivers on North Yorkshire’s roads.”