Police launch their Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Driving
The family of a man who was killed by a
drink driver are joining forces with the police to help launch
their annual Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign.
Kieran Lea Arnold from Cymau near Wrexham
was killed following a road traffic collision on the A541
Pontblyddyn to Caergwrle road in June this year.
The 21-year-old plumber sustained fatal
injuries during the two-vehicle collision of which one of the
drivers, Robert Bryn Williams was found to be twice over the legal
drink drive limit.
After pleading guilty the 48-year-old was
recently sentenced to five years four months imprisonment and was
banned from driving for three years.
Kieran’s Mum, Mrs Donna Lea is helping
North Wales Police as they launch the campaign on behalf of the
four Welsh police forces.
Speaking during a short film created by the Force, Mrs Lea
explained how losing Kieran has become a living nightmare for the
family. She said: “Drink driving ruins people’s lives, it is total
devastation for our family who now have been given a life sentence
of living without our son, brother and grandson. It’s all been
taken away by somebody who had the selfish attitude of thinking
‘you know, I’m going to have that extra drink’.”
“Kieran was a very popular lad who was well
thought of by everybody – especially by his two younger brothers,
Aaron and Steffan who adored him. As a youngster he was very sporty
and played football for many local teams. As he got older he was
passionate about going to the gym and started bodybuilding – even
competing in the Mr Wales championships last year.
“He was a gentle giant who was very quietly
spoken and loved his job as a plumber.”
Kieran was on his way home from work when the
collision happened at around 5pm on Monday 17th June.
Mrs Lea said: “The day started off as a normal working day. In the
morning the boys went to school, my husband went to work, and I
went to work a shift at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
“My husband had spoken to Kieran about when he
was coming home at tea time, and it was only later on in the
evening I was informed, whilst I was in work, of the accident.
“It’s one of the most horrific things you can
ever be told and to be brought out of work and to be faced by
police officers. It’s one of the hardest things and it’s every
parent’s nightmare - a nightmare that you realise you are never
going to wake up from and that you’ve got to live with it for the
rest of your life.”
“For those who continue to drink and drive I
would beg them not to do it. It’s just not worth it."
During the 2012 Christmas campaign over 500
drivers in Wales were caught over the drink drive limit after
35,493 breath tests.
North Wales Police carried out 18,780 breath
tests – double the amount carried out during the 2011 Christmas
campaign with 107 of those being positive.
The two highest readings recorded by North
Wales Police during the 2012 Christmas campaign were 147 and 142,
where two individuals were over four times the legal drink drive
limit. The legal limit is 35.
Over the next four weeks, thousands of
motorists face being stopped as teams from the four forces – North
Wales, Dyfed Powys, South Wales and Gwent - conduct road checks at
various locations across the country.
Deputy Chief Constable of North Wales Police
Gareth Pritchard said: “To lose a child must be one of the hardest
things a parent can face and I would like to thank Kieran’s family
for assisting us with this year’s campaign.
“This year's All Wales Christmas Anti Drink
Drive campaign will once again set about warning drivers that
drinking and driving will not be tolerated.
“If you drink and drive you significantly
increase the risk of killing an innocent person, or yourself or
both. It is really that simple.
He added: “Drink driving is not just about Christmas. It ruins
lives all year round. Perpetual drink drivers will choose to drink
and drive any day of the year so we need support from the public
365 days a year to help us take these people off the roads of
“Please don’t drink and drive. Think about the consequences. You
could face losing your licence and your job, face imprisonment and,
much worse, have to live with the guilt of taking a life for the
rest of yours. Don’t take the risk.”
Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales said:
“Unfortunately too many drivers are still prepared to risk driving
under the influence of drink or drugs. No-one should be in
any doubt that alcohol, in any amount, will have a detrimental
effect on driving ability. Road Safety Wales partners are
committed to educating people about the consequences of impairment,
and fully support the Police during this seasonal campaign, and
throughout the year.”
If you have information relating to someone
you think is driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or
drugs, please contact North Wales Police on 101 or via
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always
For the North Wales area in 2013 (statistics
· 842 People – have
been arrested so far for being over the legal limit
· 25% - of drivers
caught drink driving were aged 16 to 25 years
· 12% - of killed
or seriously injured casualties were as a result of a drink
people have been breath tested so far this year
· December is one
of the highest months for drink drive arrests