Posted: Mon 1st Dec 2014

North Wales Police launch their annual anti-drink driving campaign..

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Dec 1st, 2014

Did you know its the 50th anniversary year of the first anti-drink and drugs driving campaign?

North Wales Police have launched their annual campaign today (Monday December 1) l

Led by Dyfed-Powys Police, the All Wales Winter Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign will run from Monday December 1 2014 to January 1 2015.

Over the next four weeks, thousands of motorists face being stopped as teams from the four forces – Dyfed Powys, North Wales, South Wales and Gwent – conduct road checks at various locations and times across the country.

Last year’s December:

18,159 breath tests being carried out in North Wales

107 being positive

Some of the highest readings recorded during the campaign in North Wales were 133, 129 and 124 – the legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

This year police forces around the country will once again be focusing on driving under the influence of drink or drugs, with enforcement activity in every part of the country, along with local advertising campaigns, social media, and, in some forces, the naming and shaming of drivers whom the CPS have decided to charge.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing from the Force’ Roads Policing Unit said:

“If you drink and drive this Christmas you significantly increase the risk of killing an innocent person, or yourself or both. It is really that simple.

“Our officers do not want to be the unwelcome guest at Christmas. They don’t want to knock on anybody’s door to tell the bad news about a loved one who has been killed or injured by an intoxicated driver. They do not want to be the people who have to inform your family that you have been arrested for driving under the influence and have caused harm to yourself or others.

“There is an easy way to make sure that the holiday period is a safe and happy one for all concerned; enjoy yourself, celebrate, enjoy the company of family and friends, but if you drink – do not drive. It’s not worth the risk.

“Officers are on heightened alert all year round but especially at this time of year – they will spot you, they will catch you and you will face the consequences. Drivers need to be aware that regardless of the time of day they are caught, whether they are going to work or taking children to school, they will face the same penalties as someone who has chosen to drink heavily in a pub and driven at night.”

He added:

“If you suspect someone is driving while unfit to do so, please report it immediately to your local police on 101 (or 999 if they are posing imminent danger) or phone it through anonymously to Crimestopers on 0800 555 111.”

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