Police checkpoints are to be set up on some roads in North Yorkshire, with officers set to ask drivers if their journey is "essential" during the current coronavirus lockdown.
North Yorkshire Police says it will start setting up the checkpoints from today in an effort to ensure drivers are complying with government restrictions.
Officers will be stopping vehicles and asking motorists where they are going, why they are going there and reminding them of the message to stay at home to save lives.
Assistant Ch Con Mike Walker, said: "The new and significant restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on Monday evening spell out very clearly what each and every one of us must do to save lives. The message is clear and the warning stark. "
"These are the lives of the people we know and love. You may never be in such a position again where your simple actions will lead directly to saving lives.
"Alongside the new restrictions, the government announced new powers to enforce them. I know the vast majority of people will follow the restrictions without question, as they have done so already."
Mr Walker added that while he "sincerely" hoped officers wouldn't have to resort to enforcement action, "if people do not comply, we will".
The checkpoints will be unannounced and could appear "anywhere, any time", according to the North Yorkshire force.