Police have warned they are prepared to arrest more motorists than ever before in York and North Yorkshire during this year’s festive drink and drug-drive campaign – as people continue to ignore their warnings.

Officers have arrested 43 people since the Christmas crackdown began on December 1, despite repeated warnings about the potential dangers and possible repercussions linked to drink and drug-driving.

Police have so far breathalysed 1,597 motorists. Of the 43 motorists arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-driving so far, 21 have been charged and face losing their licences.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer said: “Our officers have done a great job since the campaign began in detecting suspected drink and drug-drivers. It is, however, very disappointing that some people still choose to ignore our pleas not to put lives in danger by getting behind the wheel while impaired through drink and drugs.

“I want people to know that we will continue breathalysing people and making arrests in order to keep our communities safe this Christmas. Remember, when you’re out, so are the police.”

A 41-year-old woman from Wakefield was arrested on Friday on the A1 southbound near Wetherby services. Other motorists contacted the police after getting her to pull over because of her manner of driving.

When officers arrived the woman was arrested after failing a roadside breath test. She had a ten-year-old child in the car with her at the time, police said.