THE Christmas and New Year drink-driving crackdown saw 906 motorists breath-tested by one of the region's police forces.

Figures released yesterday by North Yorkshire Police showed that of those people, 56 tested positive, refused or failed - a ratio of about one in every 18.

Some 312 of those tests were carried out after collisions - and almost 100 of those accidents resulted in injuries.

"Fifty-six positive, refused or failed tests may not seem many, considering the hundreds of thousands of vehicles that used the county's roads over the fortnight - but it is still 56 too many," said a police spokesman yesterday.

"We are disappointed that, despite widespread public knowledge and a rigorous police campaign, there is still a hardcore minority of drivers who feel no sense of responsibility for other people's safety and welfare.

"This is a year-round issue for us."

Other forces are due to release their seasonal drink- drive figures later this week.