Summer Anti Drink & Drug Drive Campaign Results

Over 170 drink and drug drive arrests were made in North Wales as part of a national month-long campaign targeting those driving under the influence.

Led by South Wales Police, the four Welsh forces launched the National Anti-Drink and Drug Drive Summer Campaign to coincide with the start of the Football World Cup.

North Wales Police made 109 drink drive and 65 drug drive arrests from between 14th June and 14th July.

T/Superintendent Paul Joyce of the Roads Policing Unit said: “We announced at the start of this campaign that we would be focusing our efforts to target drink and drug drivers.

“Despite that warning, in just over four weeks, 174 motorists have been arrested in north Wales following a road side breath or drugs test. The penalties for drug driving are the same as drink drive and if convicted, each could be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months; face a heavy fine and many could lose their jobs.

“Using the latest technology we are better equipped than ever before to detect those who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, despite our repeated warnings it is disappointing that people continue to take this selfish risk by choosing to drive whilst under the influence. If you take that risk, it’s only a matter of time before you’re caught and put before the courts.

“I cannot stress enough the dangers that these people present, not just to themselves, but to other road users.

“The campaign may be over but targeting drink and drug-drivers is done throughout the year. Anyone who is considering driving whilst under the influence should know that we will be out and about waiting for them.”

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 Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999. Alternatively contact can also be made via the live web chat.

Notes:

  • During the same period in 2017 (14th June – 14th July) North Wales Police made 94 drink drive and 51 drug drive arrests, and during the same period in 2016 made 68 drink drive and 37 drug drive arrests.
  • Between 1st January and 31st December 2017, North Wales Police made 882 drink drive arrests and 600 drug drive arrests.
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