‘Don’t shatter lives’,  is the message as North Yorkshire police announce their Christmas Drink and Drug campaign.

Officers will be conducting new ‘drink and drug driving’ patrols across the county in the next few weeks.

The force says they hope to intervene and bring drink and drug drivers to justice before they have a chance to shatter lives.

Roads Policing Sergeant, Paul Cording from North Yorkshire Police said :

“We make no apology for taking people off the streets who choose to drive when under the influence of drink or drugs.

“We’re not prepared to allow the careless actions of one individual to ruin a family’s Christmas.’’

Static road checks are to also take place in an attempt to catch offenders who repeatedly decide to drive under the influence.

North Yorkshire police stated:

‘During last year’s campaign police officers in North Yorkshire conducted 1,035 roadside tests across 32 days.’

‘From the 1,035 tests at the side of the road,  121 people were arrested for drink and drug driving offences.’

The campaign will also involve the police force sharing the real-life stories of those affected by drink and drug driving, as well as updates on current arrests made.

They hope to make people stop and think, preventing further accidents.

Anyone who suspects someone driving a vehicle drink or drugs driving is encouraged to dial 999 when it is safe to do so with information including their vehicle, registration number and current location.