Forces in Wales step up efforts to catch drink and drug drivers

10.05 | 26 June 2019 | |

Police forces across Wales are in the second week of a month-long clamp down on drink and drug driving.

As part of the campaign, which got underway on 14 June, officers are stepping up patrols, using a range of tactics and intelligence to take action against anyone who breaks the law.

Supt Jane Banham, North Wales Roads Policing Unit, said: “Using the latest technology, police forces are better equipped than ever before to detect someone they expect of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

In addition to enforcement, officers in South Wales – who are leading the campaign – are sharing victims’ stories as ‘an important part of showing the reality of drink and drug driving’.

The videos tell the stories of Hayley Morgan (featured), whose mother was visiting a friend’s house, and lost her life due to a drug driver, and Natalie McGuire, who lost her brother in law when the car he was a passenger in crashed. The driver was over the drink drive limit.

The campaign is also supported by the Welsh Government, who says far too many lives are ‘shattered’ by drink and drug driving.

Ken Skates, economy and transport secretary, said: “It is hugely disappointing that campaigns such as this are still needed. 

“However, as there are still far too many lives shattered by substance and alcohol impaired driving every year in Wales, it’s clear they still are.

“The dangers drivers face, and pose to others, increase tremendously if they get behind the wheel of a car when under the influence of drink or drugs.”



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