Police are urging motorists not to start their new year with a ban.
Officers are reminding drivers to ‘think before they drink’ over the festive season and avoid being arrested for drink-driving.
The Force is currently running road-safety Operation Dragoon and during December have been focusing on drink-driving and winter road safety.
All drivers involved in collisions during December will be breath-tested, as well as those who have committed a moving road traffic offence, such as speeding, and people suspected of drink driving or attempting to drive after consuming alcohol.
Anyone caught drink-driving will be banned from the road for at least 12 months, fined up to £5,000 and could face starting 2015 behind bars.
Chief Inspector John Heckels said: “We want people to enjoy their holidays, but to do so safely. And if you’re going out, socialising and having a drink then don’t take the risk – get a taxi or public transport.
“Remember that if you’re drinking then the alcohol will still be in your system the next day and that if you are stopped by police then you may be breathalysed and arrested if found to be over the limit.
“2015 is a new year and it will be a fresh new start for many people, the last thing anyone wants is to start it in jail or with a driving ban for drink-driving.
“Drink-driving costs lives and ruins lives – think before you drink over these holidays.”
Anyone who suspects anyone of drink-driving should contact Northumbria Police Motor Patrols on 101 ext 69191 or 999 in an emergency.