Summer Drink Drive crackdown gets underway across Wales
People in Flintshire are being urged not to drink or drug drive as police launch their summer crackdown today.
This summer, police from across Wales will be targeting drivers who risk their lives and the lives of others by driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Gwent Police will lead the month-long campaign, running throughout June, on behalf of the four welsh police forces.
North Wales summer campaign 2016 in numbers:
Police carried out 3958 tests
78 testing positive
60 roadside drug tests
36 testing positive
Last summer in Wales, over 9500 motorists took part in the campaign, with more than 300 returning either positive results or failing or refusing to take the breath test.
Taking just one chance and getting behind the wheel, when you are under the influence of drink or drugs can have truly devastating consequences for you, your loved ones and others road users.
Inspector Dave Cust, North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit said:
The lighter evenings and warmer weather are great reasons to get together with friends and family. We want people to enjoy themselves but to stay safe and responsible by not getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
As part of this all Wales campaign, officers will be patrolling the roads throughout June, carrying out roadside breath tests. Our officers also carry kits that can detect illegal drugs, making us more equipped than ever to take action against those who are putting themselves and the safety of others at risk.
Using intelligence received from the public we’ll be ready for action to keep the road network safe, whether it be at night or the morning after
Flintshire County Council is supporting the all Wales Drink and Drug Driving campaign.
Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said:
We want people to enjoy themselves over the summer months. But, if you’re going to a beer garden after work or a friend’s barbecue at the weekend, then we urge you to think about how you are going to get home.
If you plan to drink, book a taxi, use public transport, stay overnight, arrange for someone who is not drinking to drive and don’t be tempted to get into a car with anyone who has been drinking! Stay safe this summer.
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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