North Wales Police are offering free disposable breath test kits in an attempt to reduce the number of drink-drive related incidents.

The disposable breath test kits have been distributed to staffed police station front counters across the region, including Bangor, for collection by members of the public to use at home prior to driving the morning after.

The kits are a useful ‘indicator only’ device for anyone who wants to check for alcohol levels the morning after a night of drinking. The kits will give an indication of high alcohol levels but it doesn’t necessarily mean that someone is ok to drive if they are showing to be under the stated level. Any change of colour on the test indicates the presence of alcohol, meaning that a driver may still have sufficient levels of alcohol that could cause their arrest if stopped.

Over 100 Arrests

This year’s crackdown on drink and drug driving over the Christmas period has already seen 109 arrests in North Wales, 71 for ‘Drink driving’ and 38 for ‘Drug driving’ since December 1st.

Inspector Dave Cust of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Despite the warning that we would be out and about, over 100 motorists have been arrested so far. If convicted, each will be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months; face a heavy fine and many could lose their jobs.

“Drink and drug drivers are a danger to themselves, their passengers and other road users. We will continue to use intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspots to detect people who are driving under the influence. Please heed the warning the message remains the same – if you’ve been drinking don’t drive.”

The free kits are available via the following police station front counters: Bangor, Caernarfon, Llangefni, Holyhead, Wrexham, Mold, Rhyl, Llandudno and Colwyn Bay,