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.
ACC Julian Williams of Gwent Police said; “It is disappointing that despite these high profile campaigns and the awareness raising officers and our partner agencies do across the country, people are still continuing to put their own lives and the lives of others in danger by getting behind the wheel while being unfit to drive through drink or drugs.
“The consequences of drink or drug driving can be far-reaching; not only affecting the driver themselves but also their family, innocent road users and whole communities.
“We are committed to making our roads safer and these campaigns play a very significant role in education and enforcement. Although this month-long national focus has come to an end, officers across Wales continue to tackle the issue 24/7 and will take the appropriate action against anyone who chooses to break the law and put lives at risk.”
Chair of Road Safety Wales Susan Storch added; “Driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is unacceptable and anyone caught faces a minimum 1 year driving ban, an unlimited fine and even a prison sentence. Every year, families have to deal with the devastating effects of losing a loved one because of a small minority who selfishly choose to drink or take drugs and then drive – something which is entirely avoidable.
We’d like to thank partners and members of the public who continue to support us by spreading the Anti Drink Drug Driving message and in particular the emergency services who continue to work tirelessly keeping us safe on the roads in Wales.”