Drink/Drugs Drive Campaign nets 358 drivers
Drinking and the morning after – that was the message being driven by all four Welsh Police Forces ahead of the All Wales Summer Anti Drink/Drugs Driving Campaign that was launched by South Wales Police.
During the month long campaign, a total of 15,485 breath tests were administered.
South Wales Police administered 2,248 tests, between 1 – 30 June, of which 144 (6.4%) tested positive.
North Wales carried out 6,351 tests, which resulted in 94 (1.5 %) positives.
In Dyfed-Powys Police area 5,535 tests were conducted with a 88 (1.6%) testing positive.
Gwent Police conducted 1,351 tests with 32 (2.4%) positive results.
South Wales Police’s ACC Jon Stratford said: “The four Welsh forces have been increasing the pressure this summer to deter people from driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs – especially late into the night during warm summer evenings. Although a total of 358 arrests for drink and drug related offences during this campaign are alarming, it highlights our collaborative commitment to educate motorists and enforce the law.”
“These results demonstrate how necessary it is for us and our partners to continue to work together in educating drivers on the dangers of consuming alcohol and/or taking drugs and then driving. South Wales Police will continue to drive home the message that the only safe option is to drink OR drive not both.”
Anyone with information regarding individuals who are believed to drive over the legal limit can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously and confidentially on 0800 555 111.
If you are convicted for a drink driving offence you will:
• Have a criminal record
• Lose your licence for a minimum of one year
• You may go to prison for up to six months
• You may have to pay a fine of up to £5,000
• Have difficulty hiring a car within ten years of your conviction