Crackdown on drug and drink driving in North Wales


Helen Davies

MORE than 10,000 drivers in North Wales have been breath tested as part of an anti drink and drugs  campaign.

Of the 10,517 tested, 101 proved positive.

The initiative has been taking place throughout Wales and officers say they are disappointed there is a group of people ignoring the consequences of their actions.

Across Wales a total of 19,277 breath tests were administered with 360 testing positive.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing from North Wales Police said: “We want to get the message across that drinking alcohol and driving or driving under the influence of drugs is unacceptable and it puts other roads users’ lives at risk.

“Through our annual Christmas and summer campaigns we have consistently warned the public that drink and drug driving can kill.

“It can also lead to a lengthy driving ban and possible loss of jobs and livelihoods with some even facing imprisonment.

“We are disappointed there is still a group of people who are not listening or ignoring the consequences and continuing to drink or take drugs and drive.

“We will continue to work with communities to reach this group of drivers.”

The chairwoman of Road Safety Wales, Susan Storch, said: “These results demonstrate how necessary it is for us all to continue to work together in educating drivers on the dangers of consuming alcohol and/or taking drugs and then driving.

“Any amount of alcohol can affect a person’s ability to judge and react effectively while driving and we will continue to work with our colleagues in the police service on these campaigns to drive home this message.”

Anyone with information regarding people who are believed to drive while over the legal limit, or under the influence of drugs can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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