Two Forces, One Mission - To Tackle Impaired Driving
Gwent Police and Gloucestershire Constabulary are collaborating in an operation to target those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Following the easing of restriction across Wales and the month-long lockdown in place throughout England, local police forces are concerned that drivers will run the risk of driving under the influence as they take advantage of the differences between the two nations.
Alcohol and drugs significantly impact on a person’s ability to drive safely. By choosing to the get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence, a driver increases the chance of causing harm or fatalities.
If caught and found guilty, a driver can face a prison sentence, disqualification and a hefty fine.
Commenting on the week-long operation, Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough of Gwent Police said, “We’ve all experienced the frustration associated with a national lockdown.
“The ongoing health crisis has fundamentally changed the way we all go about our daily lives.
“Working with our colleagues in Gloucestershire Constabulary, we’re reminding everyone to not take advantage of bars and clubs opening in Wales, and considering breaking the England-wide lockdown.”
Gloucestershire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Rhiannon Kirk said, “This operation is aimed at addressing the risk that a small minority could travel into Wales during lockdown and then drive back home under the influence.
“The operation is in line with our Safe and Social Roads priority of our police and crime plan and our activity will be targeted and proportionate."