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Eight drink driving arrests made in Harrogate since reopening of beer gardens

Eight drink driving arrests have been made across Harrogate since the reopening of beer gardens on 12th April.

Eight drink driving arrests have been made across Harrogate since the reopening of beer gardens on 12th April. North Yorkshire Police have arrested thirty-five suspected drink drivers across the region within a fortnight of beer gardens reopening. And officers have reported a 75% increase in drink driving offences compared to this time last year. [caption id="attachment_9714" align="aligncenter" width="720"] North Yorkshire Police have reported a 75% increase in drink driving offences compared to this time last year.[/caption] Roads Policing Sergeant Andrew Morton said:

“We’ve already encountered too many people who have ignored our warnings. Our message is simple – if you drink or drug drive, we will catch you. “We have only just been allowed to start going to beer gardens again – don’t ruin this for yourself by losing your licence, getting a criminal record and driving ban, paying a heavy fine or going to prison.”
North Yorkshire Police recently launched its “Be a hero, Stay at zero” campaign in a bid to prevent drink driving. Sgt Morton added:
"We will be continuing to urge people to think about how they will get home and to use public transport or a designated driver."
The arrest figures are comparable with pre-lockdown levels in 2019, when pubs were fully open. More than 20 of the 35 arrested since 12th April are due to appear in court shortly. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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