North Wales Police made seventeen drink and drug drive arrests between Good Friday and Easter Monday, including an arrest in Bangor.
On Friday evening at around 7:15pm police were called to a report of a serious collision on a caravan park in Dulas on Anglesey whereby sadly a 20-month-old child was airlifted to hospital after being involved in a collision with a car.
The driver, a 44-year-old woman from the Derbyshire area, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and driving under the influence of drugs after testing positive for cocaine. She has since been released under investigation whilst officers await the results of further tests.
The toddler was initially taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and has since been transferred to Alder Hay Hospital in Liverpool. She is said to be in a stable condition.
A 22-year-old woman was also arrested during the early hours of Good Friday after failing the roadside breath test and testing positive for cocaine at the roadside on Pentraeth Road, Menai Bridge. She was also a provisional licence holder so had no insurance. Her vehicle didn’t have a valid MOT either. Her car was seized and she has since been released under investigation.
Other incidents included a serious collision between a car and a motorcycle on the A496 between Talybont and Barmouth on Sunday whereby the motorcyclist, who was disqualified and believed to be intoxicated, was taken to hospital, but refused to provide a sample. Police enquiries are ongoing to establish what happened.
A drug drive arrest was also made in Holywell during the early hours of Saturday when a 27-year-old man tested positive for cannabis.
And a car was stopped on the A494 at Loggerheads due to being seen driving at excess speed. The 32-year-old driver tested positive for both cannabis and cocaine at the roadside so he was arrested and taken to custody.
Arrests were also carried out in Llandudno, Overton, St Asaph, Denbigh, Waunfawr, Pulford, Amlwch and Bangor.
One driver failed the roadside breath test in Buckley. The 51-year-old provided a reading of 125 at custody, which is over three times the legal limit. He has since been charged to appear before Mold Magistrates Court on June 3rd.
Sergeant Meurig Jones of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Once again we are highlighting the number of drink and drug drive arrests on individuals who have shown a complete disregard not only for their own safety, but for the safety of other road users by taking to the roads whilst under the influence.
“Despite our repeated messages and warnings it is disappointing that we are continuing to make many arrests over what should be an enjoyable weekend for many.
“Several of these individuals now have an anxious wait ahead of them whilst we await the results of further tests. If convicted of drug driving they could face being disqualified from driving, receive a hefty fine, a prison sentence and a criminal record. A drug drive conviction also means greater insurance costs and the possibility of being unable to travel to countries such as the USA.
“People need to realise the consequences of their actions. A drink or drug driving conviction can be devastating, with significant criminal, personal, social and employment consequences. It will be harder for individuals to get to work, take their children to school and various other activities. They could even end up in prison. Worse than that – they could end up killing someone. Could you live with that on your conscience?
“Driving with excess alcohol or under the influence of drugs is not just a criminal offence but also completely unacceptable which puts lives at risk. We will continue in our efforts to change driver behaviour in order to make our roads safer.”
Over the weekend officers also dealt with several road traffic collisions, carried out road safety patrols as part of their ongoing Operation Darwen campaign, assisted local policing and CID colleagues and seized vehicles for having no insurance.
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