North Wales Police are offering free disposable breath test kits as part of their campaign to reduce the number of drink-drive related incidents, but they have warned the kits are an ‘indication only’ whether you are safe to drive the morning after a night out.
With the party season now in full swing and due to the positive feedback the force received last year, the kits have been distributed to staffed police station front counters across North Wales, including Bangor. The kits can be collected by members of the public to use at home.
The Drivesafe Express disposable breath test kits are a useful ‘indicator only’ device for anybody who wants to check for alcohol levels the morning after a night of drinking. They will give an indication of high alcohol levels, but won’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.
Inspector Dave Cust of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Research has shown that just one drink can impair someone’s ability to drive and our message is very clear – if you are going to drive, don’t drink any alcohol at all.
“We are not in any way encouraging people to drink and then test themselves immediately. These kits are for use the morning after and will give an indication if any alcohol is detected in their system.
“Due to the overwhelming positive response we received last year when we first purchased the kits we decided to offer them again this year. Many told us it stopped them from driving the morning after having indicated that alcohol was still present.
“From our point of view if these kits prevent one person from taking a risk the morning after then they’ve done their job.”
The free kits are available at the following Police Station Front Counters:
- Bangor: Mondays to Saturdays 8:30am – 7pm and Sundays 9am – 6pm
- Holyhead: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am – 1pm and 3pm – 6pm
- Caernarfon: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am – 1pm and 3pm – 6pm
- Colwyn Bay (Rhiw Road): Mondays from 9am – 1pm and 3pm – 6pm
- Llandudno: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9am – 1pm and 3pm – 6pm
- Rhyl: Mondays to Saturdays 8:30am – 7pm and Sundays 9am – 6pm
- Mold: Mondays to Saturdays 9am – 1pm and 3pm – 6pm
- Wrexham Town: Mondays to Saturdays 8:30am – 7pm and Sundays 9am – 6pm
Local authority colleagues have also part-funded the kits and these will also be available at the following locations:
- Tesco, Bangor – Wednesday, 19th December 10am – 1pm
- Tesco, Porthmadog – Monday Decembner 17th 10am – 1pm
- Spar, Barmouth Thursday 20th December 10am – 1pm
- Llangefni – main reception of Isle of Anglesey County Council Llangefni – Coleg Menai campus
So far between December 1st and 13th North Wales Police have made 29 drink drive arrests and 21 drug drive arrests across the region.
Inspector Cust added: “Despite our repeated warnings it is disappointing that a minority continue to ignore our messages.
“Our #ChooseWisely campaign is heavily focussed on asking people to make the right choice, so we will continue to use social media to drive home the messages that drink and drug driving can have devastating consequences.
“We are fully committed to making the roads safer for all and we will continue to target those who endanger their own lives and the lives of others.”
Throughout the campaign period the Force’ Roads Policing Unit are using social media to drive home the message of the impact of drink and drug driving. Officers are giving their own accounts of what it is like to deal with the aftermath of a collision involving a drink or drug driver using the hashtags #ChooseWisely and #Fatal5.
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.