Drug Driving: The Law

While most people wouldn't even consider using drugs, let alone drive or ride a vehicle afterwards, unfortunately a small minority of people choose to put themselves and others at risk. 

Many people are already aware that it is an offence to drive with certain drugs above a specified level in your blood - just as it is with drink driving.

It’s illegal to drive if either:

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Crucial Crew Goes Online

An annual event designed to give vital safety messages to primary school children in Pembrokeshire has moved online this year, due to Covid-19.

Crucial Crew is normally held at Withybush Showground and involves some 1,300 children attending workshops held by the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, and many other agencies.

However, this year, it will be delivered through a series of pre-recorded videos distributed to all Pembrokeshire’s primary schools via HWB.

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Stay Safe This Christmas

There is no escaping the fact that 2020 has been tough – with local and national lockdowns and restrictions on travel – for everyone. While Christmas may feel different this year, but the rules of the road remain the same.

Gwent Police is reminding motorists to stay safe by continuing to follow the rules of the road – which will remain the same – this Christmas.

Although the roads may be quieter than normal, it is expected that major and minor routes will be busier between Wednesday 23 December and Sunday 27 December as people travel around Wales and the wider UK to visit their families for Christmas.

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Christmas Anti-drink And Drug Driving Campaign Launches

Police forces from across Wales will once again be carrying out the Christmas drink and drug drive campaign throughout December to target those who put the lives of others at risk by getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

During last year’s campaign 10% of all vehicles stopped had a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Dyfed-Powys Police Superintendent Clark Jones-John said this figure was simply not acceptable. He added, “This year has been particularly difficult and we understand people may want to enjoy themselves but we are reminding them that getting behind the wheel while under the influence can have dire consequences.

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Getting about Actively, Safely and Legally this Christmas

This year, some Christmas lists may include an e-scooter, which have become an increasingly common sight as people look for an alternative to public transport or a way to cut down on car use.

Road Safety Wales would like to inform anyone considering purchasing an e-scooter, that it is illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter on public roads, pavements or cycle paths.  Please don't risk being issued with a £300 fine, 6 penalty points on your driving licence or having your new Christmas gift seized.

Additionally, for a driver who has passed their driving test in the last two years it could mean a driving disqualification and the need to re-take both the theory and practical driving test.

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A 24/7 Air Ambulance for Wales

Thanks to the donations from the people of Wales, the Wales Air Ambulance has achieved its ambition to become a 24/7 service.

From this month, the charity, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2021, will start operating an overnight helicopter. The cost of running a 24/7 operation is £8 million, meaning Wales Air Ambulance must raise an additional £1.5 million per annum.

The helicopter operation is supported by the people of Wales through charitable donations, with the medical capability on board delivered thanks to a unique third sector-public sector partnership between the charity, the Welsh Government and NHS Wales.

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