THE annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign resulted in more than 4,000 motorists being tested.

In total, 119 drivers were arrested for drink-driving and 60 were arrested for drug driving by members of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit (CDSOU).

Compared to 116 drink-drivers and 57 people who tested positive for drugs the year before.

Chief Inspector Grahame Milne, of the CDSOU, said: “We continue to warn people against the dangers of drink and drug driving but unfortunately, there is still a small but significant number of people who seem to think they can take risks with their own lives, and those of others by driving under the influence.

"It is completely unacceptable and extremely selfish to get behind the wheel under the influence. Those drivers identified through our campaign will now face the result of their actions.

"The consequences of drink driving go much further than the sentence you are dealt. It will be difficult to find insurance on your car – and if you do it will be expensive."