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Dozens of Christmas drink/drug drivers caught

Created on 21/01/2022 @ 13:04


Hundreds of people were caught in Wales at the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs over Christmas and New Year, with 99 nabbed in our policing area alone.

The annual drink and drug driving campaign, which ran from December 1 to January 1, saw 299 arrests for drink-driving, with another 202 for drug-driving in total.

Almost 100 of those arrests - 85 drink-drive and 14 drug-drive - came following road traffic collisions.

Dyfed-Powys Police Superintendent Clark Jones-John: “The fact that drink or drugs were a factor in almost 100 collisions in Wales in just one month is very worrying and, frankly, unacceptable.

“We run these campaigns to try and raise awareness of the seriousness of driving under the influence, so it is disappointing that so many people have been caught and will lose their driving licence.

“For some it will be more serious and they will lose their employment.

“Police officers work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and anyone who is considering driving whilst under the influence should know that we will be out and about waiting for them.

“We will continue to crack down on those who take this unnecessary risk and bring them before the courts.”

Dyfed-Powys Police arrested 66 drink-drivers and 33 drug drivers; Gwent Police arrested 51 drink-drivers and 49 drug-drivers; North Wales Police arrested 115 drink-drivers and 72 drug drivers and South Wales Police arrested 67 drink-drivers and 48 drug-drivers.

Police take action against drink and drug-drivers every day of the year.

Anybody who has concerns about someone they believe to be driving under the influence are asked to contact police on 101 (or 999 if they are posing an imminent danger) or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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