Posted: Thu 1st Dec 2016

Police in North Wales launch Christmas drink and drug driving blitz

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016

North Wales Police has launched a month-long Christmas drink and drug drive blitz today.

Police will be using intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspots to detect people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the festive period. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

cyhomeixgayb3miDuring the 2015 Christmas campaign North Wales Police administered 15,627 breath tests of which 76 were positive, failed or refused. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Six people were also arrested for driving whilst under the influence of drugs. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A newly-formed Special Constabulary Road Safety Unit will be heavily involved with the campaign for the first time this year and will be assisting their regular colleagues over the festive period. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Inspector Alun Davies from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said:

“Once again our campaign will be heavily focussed around preventing drink or drug driving to stop those who are risking their lives and the lives of innocent road users. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Safer Neighbourhood Teams and the Special Constabulary will be working and anyone who is considering driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs should know that we will be out and about waiting for them. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“North Wales Police 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. Don’t drive under the influence of drink or drugs – even a very small amount of drugs or alcohol can affect your ability to drive safely. Don’t let your friends and family pay the price.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

In addition to targeted operations, officers will also be using social media to remind people that it is never worth taking the risk of driving while intoxicated under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Social media users can follow the campaign using the hashtag #Fatal5 ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

[miptheme_quote author=”Inspector Alun Davies North Wales Police” style=”boxquote text-left”]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.[/miptheme_quote] ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

So far this year (1st January to 18th November) North Wales Police have made 762 drink drive arrests and 328 drug drive arrests. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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 an imminent danger) or phone it through anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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