Drink and drug drive arrests up in annual campaign

09.57 | 23 August 2018 | |

A total of 174 arrests were made by police in North Wales as part of a month long drink and drug drive campaign earlier this summer – a year-on-year rise of 20%.

All four Welsh police forces took part in the 2018 national anti-drink and drug drive summer campaign – organised to to coincide with the FIFA World Cup (14 June to 14 July).

The campaign saw North Wales Police use the latest available technology, and resulted in 109 drink and 65 drug drive arrests in the region – more than the respective campaigns in 2017 and 2016.

The 2017 campaign yielded 94 drink drive and 51 drug drive arrests, while in 2016 North Wales Police made 68 drink drive and 37 drug drive arrests.

Temporary superintendent Paul Joyce, North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit, said: “Using the latest technology we are better equipped than ever before to detect those who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“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 (summer) 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.”



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