POLICE will be out in force in Ryedale this weekend on the lookout for drink-drivers as pubs reopen.

North Yorkshire Police are urging people to think about how they will get home as the usual public transport options may not be available and taxis are likely to be very busy.

Traffic Sergeant Andrew Morton, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Everyone’s waited a long time for a few pints with friends down the pub.

“And while a night out may feel a bit different, the rules on drink driving remain exactly the same.

“We will be on the lookout for drink drivers – we know a small minority will risk it, and we will be out on our roads to catch them.

“Do not do something you’ll regret.

“Plan ahead and bear in mind that getting home is likely to be more difficult than usual.

“Have fun, stay safe, and remember now you’ve got your pub back, don’t lose your licence!”

Driver checks are taking place throughout the districts, including Ryedale, York and Scarborough.

Police are also encouraging people who can share information about suspected drink drivers to contact the force, or phoneCrimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To report drink driving, phone North Yorkshire Police on 101 and select option one. If you see an incident that is about to happen or is happening , phone 999.