Summer drink and drug driving campaign gets underway in Wales

12.00 | 1 June 2017 | | 2 comments

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Police forces across Wales have launched a month-long campaign targeting those who choose to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The all-Wales summer campaign, which gets underway today (1 June), is being led by Gwent Police on behalf of all four Welsh police forces.

The campaign is supported by Road Safety Wales, whose chair Susan Storch described driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs as ‘dangerous and unacceptable’.

During the 2016 summer campaign, more than 9,500 motorists were tested, with more than 300 returning either positive results or failing/refusing to take the breath test.

As part of the campaign police officers will also look to educate motorists on the consequences of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

The campaign also carries a ‘morning after’ message, with drivers being reminded that regardless of the time of day they are caught, they will face the same penalties.

Chief superintendent Claire Parmenter, Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “Taking just one chance and getting behind the wheel when you are under the influence of drink or drugs can have truly devastating consequences for you, your loved ones and other road users.

“Please plan ahead and ensure that if you are out having a drink, you have a safe and reliable way of getting home.”

Susan Storch said: “Drivers should be under no illusion if they get behind the wheel whilst under the influence they not only risk their licence, receiving a fine and a prison sentence, but they are risking lives too.

“Drivers need to be aware that regardless of the time of day they are caught, whether they are going to work or taking children to school, they will face the same penalties as someone who has chosen to drink heavily in a pub and driven at night. Our message is clear, never drive under the influence of drink or drugs, even the morning after.”

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    Statistics also show that there are a cluster of collisions after a refreshment break that does not involve alcohol. That is why South Wales Fire & Rescue Service have run the “Don’t Crunch After Lunch” initiative at places where motorcyclists congregate. SWFRS engage with riders about the dangers of the mid-afternoon dip in concentration.

    Pat, Wales
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    Statistics show that some 20% plus of motorcycle riders that are killed have consumed alcohol prior to the incident. Maybe police should concentrate after lunch on some of these Beer and Bikes that is any Bikes do not mix well. Cyclists enjoy a pint or two also and believe that they can get away with it. I know I have seen them drinking.

    Bob Craven Lancs
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