Welsh Forces Launch Summer All Wales Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign
This summer police forces across Wales will be targeting drivers who risk their lives and the lives of others by driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The lead force for the campaign is Dyfed-Powys Police. The month-long campaign will run from 10th June to the 10th July, to coincide with the 2016 UEFA European Championships which takes place in France.
During this time thousands of motorists face being stopped as teams from all four forces – Dyfed-Powys, Gwent, North Wales and South Wales Police- conduct road checks at various locations across the country.
Last year within South Wales Police area 2,437 tests were conducted with 124 testing positive, refusing or failing to provide. Twenty people were arrested following a Section 5a drug swipe test.
Chief Inspector Martyn Stone said:
“The ‘All Wales Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign’ will see officers from South Wales Police proactively stopping drivers they suspect of being under the influence.
Last year saw South Wales Police introduce the new legislation allowing the use of roadside drug testing kits on drivers. These new kits have allowed officers to keep the roads of South Wales safer for road users.”
“When drivers get behind the wheel or on a bike under the influence they are putting themselves at risk. They could also seriously hurt or kill passengers and other innocent people.”
Chair of Road Safety Wales Susan Storch said;
“Through education, training and publicity initiatives throughout Wales, partners in Road Safety Wales strive to remind road users of the risks and consequences of the ‘Fatal 5’. Unfortunately, despite education and warnings, too many drivers are prepared to risk driving whilst impaired by drink or drugs.
“Road Safety Wales is committed to reducing the number of road casualties caused by irresponsible behaviour and will continue to support our Police colleagues during this campaign and throughout the year. Drivers who choose to flout the law should realise that there is a strong chance that they will be detected and prosecuted and that the penalties will be severe.”
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