NINE people are facing losing their licences before Christmas thanks to a pre-festive blitz on drink-driving.

They are among 21 people who have been arrested on suspicion of getting behind the wheel while under the influence.since police in North Yorkshire began their annual campaign last Saturday.

Eight people have been released on police bail as enquiries continue, three people will have no further action taken against them, one remains in custody and those charged are due to appear in court over the next two weeks.

Officers have been out in force across North Yorkshire since the crackdown began and will continue to patrol the roads to keep people safe this Christmas.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer said: “Considering we arrested 100 people in the whole of last year’s campaign, 21 arrests is a fairly high figure in the first four days of this year’s operation.

“It is pleasing that we are catching the people who are prepared to take a foolish risk, but it is concerning that the message isn’t getting across to some.

“The message is loud and clear: drink driving costs lives. It’s as simple as that. If you take a chance and get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs, you are not only putting your own life at risk but the lives of innocent members of the public.”

He added: “The high number of arrests so far shows how serious and committed we are to catching drink and drug drivers and bringing them to justice. Remember, if you take the chance and think you can get away with it, we are waiting to catch you.”