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06/06/2016

New Drug Driving Laws See Almost 800 Arrests in Wales in First Year

Nearly 800 arrests were made for drug driving in Wales in the year after new laws came into force.

The four Welsh police forces made 770 arrests between March 2, 2015, when the new laws came in and the same date this year.

South Wales Police arrested 136 people for drug driving, with 70 people charged, according to figures obtained through Freedom of Information requests by BBC Radio 5 Live. Dyfed Powys made 71 arrests over the period, with 22 facing charges.

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26/05/2016

Five Drug Driving Arrests in One Evening

Police Officers in Newport have made five arrests in just one evening by using a roadside device called a 'DrugWipe'.

It can test a saliva sample for drugs like Cannabis and Cocaine within as little as 8 minutes.

A positive test is indicated by the appearance of red lines on the device, similar to a pregnancy test.

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20/04/2016

Over 1,400 Stopped Across Wales for Not Wearing a Seatbelt

More than 1,400 people across Wales have been caught for not wearing their seatbelt during a two-week campaign. Between 7th and 21st March all four Welsh police forces, led by North Wales Police, carried out their Seatbelt Campaign to raise awareness amongst drivers and passengers of the dangers of not wearing seatbelts in the event of a collision.

The results were as follows:

North Wales – 146

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27/01/2016

597 Arrested During All Wales Winter Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign

The campaign launched on 1st December and concluded on New Year’s Day. During this time police officers across Wales breath tested 22,811 motorists.

Gwent Police, the lead force in this campaign, carried out 1130 breath tests with 47 positive, refused or failed. North Wales Police tested 8894 drivers, with 82 being positive, refused or failed. South Wales Police tested 4409 motorists and 205 were positive, refused or failed. Dyfed Powys Police carried out 8378 breath tests with 164 being positive, refused or failed.

Overall 99 motorists were arrested for drug offences. This breaks down to 21 in Gwent, 35 in North Wales, 26 in South Wales and 17 in Dyfed Powys.

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08/12/2015

Driving for Work: Drink and Drugs

To coincide with the Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign that launched on 1st December, RoSPA Wales have produced their second ‘Driving for Work’ factsheet which this time focuses on drink and drug driving.

Driving for Work: Drink and DrugsAs the festive season approaches, and with the inevitable increase of office parties as well as family celebrations, there is a need to remind people of the dangers of drinking or taking drugs and then driving – including the morning after.

In 2014 there were 3015 convictions in Welsh Courts for drink/drug driving. With a minimum 12 month driving ban, an unlimited fine, and a criminal record this could have a significant effect on employees as well the companies they work for. Driving while unfit through drugs, whether illegal, prescribed or over-the-counter medicines, is an offence that carries the same penalties as drink driving. The Police can, and do, conduct roadside tests to help them assess whether a driver may be impaired.

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27/10/2015

571 Caught Using Their Mobile Phone Whilst Driving

571 motorists were caught using their mobile phones whilst behind the wheel during the 2015 All-Wales Anti-Mobile Phone While Driving Campaign.

The enforcement campaign, which ran between September 24 and October 7, involved road safety partners and urged all road users to ‘keep their eyes on the road’ and not be distracted by answering their mobile phone, reading a text or going online.

Studies show that drivers using a hands-free or handheld mobile phone are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards.

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01/10/2015

Driving for Work: Mobile Phones

Research shows that using a hand-held or hands-free mobile phone while driving is a significant distraction, and substantially increases the risk of the driver being involved in a collision. High mileage and company car drivers are more likely than most to use a mobile phone while driving.

Driving for Work: Mobile PhonesAs a result of this, RoSPA Wales have produced their first in a series of ‘Driving for Work’ factsheets to help employers manage the risk for staff who use the roads as part of their job. This first edition focuses on the dangers and consequences of driving while using a mobile phone.

You are four times more likely to crash, injuring or killing yourself and/or other people, if you use a mobile phone while driving, whatever you’re doing with it.

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24/09/2015

Police Launch Campaign Targeting Motorists Who Use Phones Whilst Driving

The four police forces in Wales, led by Dyfed-Powys Police and in partnership with Road Safety Wales, are launching a major crackdown on motorists who use mobile phones whilst driving. The All Wales enforcement campaign will run from Thursday September 24 to Wednesday October 7, and is urging all road users to ‘keep their eyes on the road’ and not be distracted by answering their mobile phone, reading a text or going online.

Police patrols will increase across Wales for the duration of the enforcement campaign, to draw drivers attention to not only the risks posed by being distracted by mobile phones while in control of a vehicle, but the serious penalties which they will face if they are caught.

Nationally, the numbers of motorists using mobile phones to make calls, texts or social media updates whilst driving has risen and distracted driving is expected to be the biggest single cause of death and injuries on roads as a result in 2015. In Wales more than 900 motorists were caught using their mobile phones whilst behind the wheel during the 2014 campaign.

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31/07/2015

Over 12,000 Breath Tests Carried Out Across Wales During Summer Anti-Drink/Drug Drive Campaign

Over 350 breath tests were positive throughout Wales during the recent month-long Anti Drink and Drug Drive Summer Campaign. The campaign, which was led by North Wales Police, saw officers carrying out over 12,000 breath tests and 52 arrests were made under the new Section 5a drug drive offence which came into being on March 4th 2015, giving officers the ability to test for cannabis and cocaine use.

North Wales Police administered 5,235 breath tests with 85 being positive. The force also carried out 20 DrugWipe tests, using the new kit, half of those tested failed.

Gwent Police carried out 297 breath tests with 17 testing positive, refusing or failing to provide. 19 people were arrested following a Section 5a drug test.

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01/06/2015

Keep Drink and Drugs Off The Road This Summer

With summer just around the corner and the prospect of parties around the barbecue in the long evenings, police across Wales are warning motorists that officers will be on heightened alert to spot anyone driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

Led by North Wales Police, the month-long All Wales Summer Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign throughout June, will see all four Welsh police forces increase the pressure and focus on those drivers who drink and drive or drive under the influence of drugs.

Sergeant Alun Davies from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said: “We all enjoy the prospect of longer evenings and the possibilities they present for socialising in homes, gardens, local pubs, festivals and other events.

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