93 people have been arrested for drink and drug driving in North Wales during the first three weeks of the annual Christmas crackdown.
Since 1st December North Wales Police have made 60 drink-drive and 33 drug-drive arrests as part of the month-long All Wales Anti Drink and Drug Drive campaign.
Inspector Dave Cust of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Despite the warning that we would be out and about, over 90 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.”
Disposable Breath Test Kits
As part of the campaign this year, disposable breath test kits have been sent to police stations throughout the region. They can be used by the public to check their alcohol levels for the morning after a night of drinking.
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.
The breath test kits are available via the following police station front counters: Bangor, Wrexham, Mold, Rhyl, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Caernarfon, Llangefni and Holyhead.
Inspector Cust added: “I would urge people to take a moment and think seriously about the impact of driving under the influence and how that would affect your life; driving to work or college, childcare arrangements or school runs, socialising and visiting family. The impact of losing your licence is enormous. Worst still, you could injure or kill yourself or someone else. Drink or drug driving isn’t worth the risk.”
If you suspect someone is driving while unfit to do so, please report it immediately to police on 101 (or 999 if they are posing imminent danger) or phone it through anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.