North Yorkshire Police have today released the results of Operation Attention, their Christmas drink and drug driving crackdown, which ran from Friday 1 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018.
While the force target and arrest drink and drug drivers all year round, it’s known that the offence is more prevalent at Christmas and New Year, when festive celebrations are in full swing.
Over the 2017 campaign, 137 drivers were arrested across the region for the offence, exactly the same number of arrests made in the Christmas 2016 campaign and an increase of 13 on Christmas 2015.
83 arrests were made for drink driving and 54 for drug driving. 117 of those arrested were men and 20 were women.
The highest number of arrests were made in Harrogate (29), with 28 arrests being made in York and 24 in Scarborough.
Shockingly a third of the arrests made were after a road traffic collision (46 arrests.)
The highest breathalyser reading of the campaign was 141 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, provided by a 41-year-old woman arrested in the Thirsk area on 11 December 2017 at around 5pm. She appeared at Northallerton Magistrates Court on 19 December 2017, where she pleaded guilty and received a 36-month driving ban, ordered to pay £200 costs and was given a 16 week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.
15 drivers arrested provided breathalyser readings of over 100 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, meaning 11% of those arrested were in excess of two and a half times the legal limit of 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.