Posted: Sat 9th Dec 2023

North Wales Police make 28 drink and drug drive arrests at start of Christmas campaign

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Dec 9th, 2023

Police in North Wales have made over 25 arrests as part of the first week of the annual Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign.

This includes 10 drink drive arrests and 18 drug drive arrests across the region, highlighting the force’s commitment to road safety during the festive period.

Several individuals arrested on suspicion of drink driving are set to face court proceedings before Christmas, facing the risk of losing their licence and incurring fines.

The campaign’s highest reading so far was recorded at 97, against the legal limit of 35.

This incident involved a 32-year-old man from Connah’s Quay, who was arrested on December 2nd and is due to appear before Mold Magistrates Court on December 21st.

Those arrested for drug driving face an anxious wait for further test results before charging decisions are made.

The substances involved primarily include cannabis and cocaine, with two individuals testing positive for both.

Arrests have spanned a wide age range, from 17 to 60 years old.

Superintendent Simon Barrasford of the Roads Crime Unit has reiterated the importance of responsible driving.

“Anyone who is considering driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs should know that we will be out and about waiting.

“We are fully committed to help make the roads safer for all and will continue to target those who endanger their own lives and the lives of others.

“This weekend will see many attend Christmas parties so we are pleading with them to make arrangements to get home safely, and to also remind them that they could still be over the alcohol limit the morning after a night of drinking.

“We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy festive season and so this is one of our most important annual campaigns. Despite our regular updates and constant warnings around the dangers and consequences of drink and drug-driving, too many people are still prepared to put their lives and those of other road users at risk.”

North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Andy Dunbobbin said: “This year’s Christmas Anti-Drink and Drug Driving campaign from North Wales Police has already seen over 25 people arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving on our road network, and the hard work and diligence of officers is to be applauded.

“However, it is still disappointing to see people taking this risk and possibly breaking the law while driving under the influence of drink and drugs. Road safety is an issue of huge importance to me and I want to see everyone get home safely over the Christmas period.”

“If anyone is considering drink or drug driving I would urge them to think again. Not only would they be breaking the law, they would be putting themselves and others at risk.’

“Officers are ready and waiting to stop them and to stop the menace of drink and drug driving on our roads, and I hope the Force’s advertising campaign will reinforce this message clearly.”

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

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