More than 56,000 tests conducted in national Christmas drink and drug drive operation

Policing’s national operation to tackle drink and drug driving has seen consistently high results for the second year running, with more than 6,600 motorists arrested for offences.

Many police forces undertake a proactive operation around Christmas each year to increase breath testing and targeted vehicle stops for drivers suspected of being under the influence. Christmas 2022 saw the first national operation, called Op Limit, to coordinate this activity across the country – bringing together all police forces in a concerted effort to remove drink and drug drivers from our roads.

2023 saw all police forces take part in the operation, engaging in education and awareness events, communications around the risks of driving under the influence, targeted vehicle stops in hot spot areas and intelligence led patrols.

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Written Statement: 20mph Early Speed Data

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change

In September 2023, we introduced a 20mph default speed limit in built-up areas of Wales.

The aim was clear: reduce the speed of vehicles and reduce deaths and severe injuries on our roads. Lower speeds will, in turn, create safer, better communities to live, work and lead our lives.

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Denbighshire County Council begins active travel improvements

Denbighshire County Council has started works to introduce a series of active travel enhancements in Lower Denbigh.

The works, which are grant funded from the Welsh Government Active Travel Fund specifically for the improvement of active travel, aims to reduce the number of short everyday journeys that are undertaken in motor vehicles and increase levels of active travel in Denbighshire.

These enhancements will create safer walking and cycling routes to key local amenities and enable people to make healthier, greener, and cheaper travel choices.

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Work begins on Holywell safer route

Flintshire County Council’s Streetscene and Transportation team is pleased to confirm that £487k funding has been secured to carry out a new safer route in the town.

Thanks to funding from Welsh Government, the footpath along the A5026 Holway Road and Whitford Street will be widened, making it safer and more accessible for pupils, parents and the wider community.

It follows a 4-week public consultation in September 2023 where residents were invited to attend a drop-in information event and encouraged to have their say on which routes they’d like to see improved.

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Written Statement: Roads Review: One Year On

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change

A year ago, we published the independent report of the Roads Review and our response to it - a new approach that has generated interest from around the world.

Our roads policy statement made clear we would continue investing in roads that:

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