Christmas Anti Drink Drive Campaign ResultsPhotograph of breath testing

16/01/2013

Over 500 drivers in Wales were caught over the drink drive limit during the All Wales Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign.

 

Throughout the month-long campaign 35,493 drivers throughout Wales were breath tested between 1st December 2012 and 1st January 2013.

 

North Wales Police carried out 18,780 breath tests - double the amount carried out during the 2011 Christmas campaign with 107 being positive. In Dyfed Powys a total of 11,075 breath tests were carried out, with 200 being positive. In Gwent officers tested 1,935 drivers, with 39 being positive, and South Wales Police administered 3,703 tests with 156 positive results.

 

The two highest readings recorded by North Wales Police were 147 and 142, where two individuals were over four times the legal drink drive limit. The legal limit is 35. Both people were subsequently charged and placed before the courts.

 

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing, who is in charge of the North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit said: “Although warnings were given throughout the campaign that we would be out and about, 107 drivers chose to ignore our warnings and risked their own lives and the lives of others by breaking the law. This is very disappointing.

 

“However the good news is that nobody was killed or seriously injured on the roads of North Wales by a drink driver throughout the campaign.”

 

“The feedback we have received from members of the public via email and via our social networking sites has been extremely positive. We have had many people commenting on the fact that they really did think about getting behind the wheel the morning after drinking alcohol and this is very encouraging.

 

He added: “Our main aim was to raise awareness that regardless of the time of day they are caught, whether they are going to work or taking children to school, they would face the same penalties as someone who has chosen to drink heavily in a pub and driven at night.

 

“This year we carried out more stop checks than ever before and this work was not just about enforcement but reminding motorists that officers are on the roads 24/7 as a deterrent to those contemplating driving under the influence.”

 

North Wales Police also used the campaign to reinforce Operation Sodium – a campaign which was launched during last summer, in response to the growing number of young people who are involved in collisions linked to drink or drug driving, and in particular in rural areas of the force.

 

Out of the 18, 176 breath tests administered, 2,859 were carried out on people aged under-25 with 25 of those being over the limit.

 

Chief Inspector Wareing added: “Younger drivers tend to take more risks and this is a cause for great concern. Operation Sodium is aimed at reducing the number of young drink-drivers and those who drive whilst under the influence of drugs, who are putting their lives, and the lives of other road users, at risk on our roads.

 

“The Christmas campaign may be over but our efforts in combating drink and drug driving will continue 365 days a year. Please heed the warning.”

 

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 Wales anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.

 

Further information regarding the penalties for drink or drug driving is available in the ‘Advice & Support’ section of our website

 

Notes:

 

  • During the 2011 campaign police throughout Wales tested a total of 27,744 motorists, with 545 individuals returning either positive results or failing/refusing to take a breath test. North Wales Police tested 9,042 drivers with 95 of those being positive.
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