Posted: Thu 11th Aug 2016

78 arrests during summer anti drink & drug drive crackdown

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Aug 11th, 2016

Police carried out nearly 4,000 breath tests throughout North Wales during their recent Anti Drink and Drug Driving Summer Campaign.

Officers “stepped up the pressure” in a concerted effort to deter people from driving motor vehicles whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

During the month-long campaign, which was launched to coincide with the Euros Football Championship, North Wales Police administered a total of 3,958 breath tests with 78 testing positive, refusing or failing to provide.

36 people were also arrested after failing the roadside drugs swipe test.

Police say they will continue to carry out intelligence-led operations targeting people who frequently drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs throughout the year.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing from North Wales Police’s Roads Policing Unit said:

“We want to get the message across that drinking alcohol and driving or driving under the influence of drugs is unacceptable and that it puts other roads users’ lives at risk.

“We are disappointed that there is still a group of people who are not listening or ignoring the consequences and continuing to drink or take drugs and drive.

North Wales Police have a robust strategy around enforcing the ‘Fatal 5’ offences which are drink and drug driving, dangerous driving including unnecessary risk taking, speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt and using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Chief Inspector Wareing added:

“We are committed to assisting in reducing casualties on the road through the use of targeted operations around high risk groups of people and locations while enforcing the ‘Fatal 5’ offences.”

“It is important to stress that the work does not stop here – any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive, campaigns such as this raise awareness and we will continue to target those breaking the law as part of daily policing.

Chair of Road Safety Wales Susan Storch said:

“We were clear in our messages throughout the campaign that drink or drug driving is not acceptable, and will not be tolerated. The police services also made effective use of the new legislation under Section 5a and made some significant arrests during the campaign period.”

“Those that selfishly break the law are endangering themselves and, more importantly, other road users. Drink and drug driving ruins lives all year round and we will continue to work closely with the Police in reinforcing these messages throughout the year.”

Anyone with information regarding individuals who are believed to drive whilst over the legal limit or under the influence of drugs, can contact North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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