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South Yorkshire Police share shocking number of drug drivers caught in just two weeks

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South Yorkshire Police’s zero tolerance to driving under the influence of controlled substances is reaping arrests and the force has no plans to let up soon.

The police’s tough stance and messaging comes on the back of revelations that 25 per cent of drivers stopped by police in the first 15 days of December had contact with drugs.

Taking to Twitter, the force said said: “Between 1st and 15th December, 40 drivers were stopped and drug wiped by our officers and 10 of these tested positive!”

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Drug-impaired driving, in the context of its legal definition, is the act of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of an impairing substance.

It’s illegal to drive if you have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood (even if they have not affected your driving).

Every year, almost a 1,000 people die on the UK’s roads because of accidents where drugs were a factor. In 2018, 962 deceased drivers had drugs in their system, compared to just 175 deceased drivers who had alcohol in their system.

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The penalties for drug driving/riding are the same as for drink driving/riding. If you are caught you may be banned from driving, have points added to your licence, an unlimited fine, or even imprisonment. This will mean increased insurance costs, potential job loss and even restrictions on travel to other countries such as the United States.

Police’s fight against drugs will also see them storm the streets with their canine buddies. Charlie the springer spaniel, a passive drugs dog, is trained to sit next to people who smell of drugs and has already been of help.

Meanwhile, in North Yorkshire, neighbourhood policing teams in Filey and Scarborough carried out an operation on Saturday, December 18. Charlie’s sharp nose for drugs led to three people being stopped and searched and one person admitting to drug use.



North Yorkshire police will deploy drug dogs like Charlie throughout the holiday season in their fight against drug abuse
North Yorkshire police will deploy drug dogs like Charlie throughout the holiday season in their fight against drug abuse

Police will be on the lookout throughout the holiday season and have encouraged the public to report frantic and suspicious driving.

In North Yorkshire, this has also reaped arrests.

On Friday, December 17, North Yorkshire Police received reports of a driver “all over the road” on the A1 (M) Northbound at junction 49 Dishforth near Thirsk.

The same driver then crashed into the central reservation and spun to end up facing oncoming traffic and he blew almost three times over the legal limit when he was breathalysed at the roadside.

Police have since arrested the driver and issued a warning.

They said: “We patrol North Yorkshire’s roads 24/7; 365 days of the year and we are trained to spot the tell-tale signs of drink and drug driving.

“Pls report anyone you suspect of drink driving to us by dialing 101 – or 999 if someone is about to get behind the wheel of a car after a drink.”

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Written by: Rother Radio News


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