Summer drink/drugs drive campaign nets 358 drivers

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MORE than 358 drivers were found to be over the drink drive limit according to figures released by police following their summer clampdown.

The campaign involving all four Welsh Police Forces and launched by South Wales Police concentrated on drinking - and the morning after.

During the month-long campaign, a total of 15,485 breath tests were administered.

South Wales Police administered 2,248 tests, between 1 – 30 June, of which 144 (6.4 per cent) tested positive.

North Wales carried out 6,351 tests, which resulted in 94 (1.5 per cent) positives.

In Dyfed-Powys Police area 5,535 tests were conducted with a 88 (1.6 per cent) testing positive.

Gwent Police conducted 1,351 tests with 32 (2.4 per cent) positive results.

South Wales Police’s ACC Jon Stratford said: “The four Welsh forces have been increasing the pressure this summer to deter people from driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs – especially late into the night during warm summer evenings.

" Although a total of 358 arrests for drink and drug related offences during this campaign are alarming, it highlights our collaborative commitment to educate motorists and enforce the law.

“These results demonstrate how necessary it is for us and our partners to continue to work together in educating drivers on the dangers of consuming alcohol and/or taking drugs and then driving.

"South Wales Police will continue to drive home the message that the only safe option is to drink OR drive not both.”

Anyone with information regarding individuals who are believed to drive over the legal limit can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously and confidentially on 0800 555 111.

If you are convicted for a drink driving offence you will:

• Have a criminal record

• Lose your licence for a minimum of one year

• You may go to prison for up to six months

• You may have to pay a fine of up to £5,000

• Have difficulty hiring a car within ten years of your conviction

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