A TEENAGER who passed his driving test a week before he was caught drink driving has been arrested and banned from driving.

Fraser Dias, 18 of Harrogate faced the brunt of the law when he was caught during North Yorkshire's Christmas campaign to get drink and drug drivers off the county's roads.

Dias was arrested in Harrogate's town centre on the suspicion of drink driving when he blew more than twice the legal limit.

In England and Wales, the legal limit of alcohol allowed in the system is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Dias appeared in court where he was told he would be banned from driving for a period of 20 months.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £120 with £115 costs.

Sergeant Andy Morton of North Yorkshire Police's roads policing group said: "When we respond to crashes involving drunk or drugged-up drivers, we witness the indescribable carnage they cause to themselves and innocent people.

"If you saw what I saw, I guarantee you’d never even consider driving under the influence.

"That’s why we’ll continue to work with our 95 Alive road safety partners on education campaigns to change behaviours and carry out enforcement work throughout 2019 to get as many drink and drug drivers as possible banned from North Yorkshire’s roads."

The force said the number of drink and drug drivers arrested in December, across the county dropped 10 percent compared to last year.