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Festive drink driver arrests rise in North Yorkshire

Officers conducted about 4,000 breath tests over Christmas

The number of people arrested for driving under the influence of drink or drugs in North Yorkshire over the Christmas period has gone up.

Police said they made 108 arrests following about 4,000 breath tests between 1 December 2009 and 1 January.

During the same period in 2008, 62 arrests were made after 3,791 tests.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said the increase was partly down to a campaign to encourage people to report those suspected of drink-driving.

Asst Ch Con Tim Madgwick said the force's campaign was "a no-nonsense approach to those who continue to break the law".

'Arrogant few'

"The campaign also encouraged members of the public to report motorists they suspected of driving while affected by drink or drugs," he said.

"The vigilance and public-spirited action of people who share our alarm at the arrogant few saw many people arrested as a result of information received from members of the public."

The force liaised with the Crown Prosecution Service to fast-track drivers through the court system.

Of the 108 people arrested, three were arrested on suspicion of being drunk in charge of a vehicle and six on suspicion of being unfit to drive through drugs.

"While the festive campaign may have ended, our desire to rid the roads of drink and drug drivers remains as strong as ever," Mr Madgwick said.

He added the crackdown would continue throughout the year.

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