Christmas 2013 Anti Drink Drive Campaign

The month long all Wales Christmas Drink Drive Campaign will be launched on the 3rd December at Cineworld, Llandudno Junction by North Wales Police.

As road safety professionals our message to drivers is that the smallest amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely, so the only safe option is to not drink at all.
The campaign will see officers across Wales conducting high profile roadside checks and using intelligence to identify offenders 24 hours a day.

The Christmas and New Year initiative comes as just part of the four Welsh forces’ commitment to change attitudes to drink driving, increase road safety and catch offenders all year round.

Colin Jones, Chair of the Gwynedd-Mon Road Safety Partnership said “It is important to remember that a drink you enjoy in the evening can leave you over the limit when driving your car the next morning as alcohol stays in the system for many hours after you stop drinking”.

"My advice is that if you’re expecting to drink alcohol during the Christmas holiday, plan how to get home without driving. Don’t offer an alcoholic drink to someone you know is planning to drive and don’t accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol.”

“People also need to be aware that they could still be over the limit the morning after the night before. You might feel fine, but you could still have alcohol in your system that could impair your driving.
“We and our partners are determined to make our roads safer and our Road Safety Officers will visiting key areas in Gwynedd and Anglesey, issuing advice and key messages to members of the public about the dangers and consequences of driving whilst under the influence of drink and drugs.

Mr. Jones continued, "we would urge people to call 101 if they have any information about somebody getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs – your action could save lives"
Gwynedd and Anglesey Council Road Safety Officers have been busy distributing beer mats and anti drink drive posters in pubs, clubs and public buildings in both Counties.

Pictured is Keith William Jones Landlord of Pant Yr Ardd , Tregarth who is supporting the Campaign by using the beer mats and displaying the posters in Pant . Mr Jones said “ this is my first Christmas as landlord and I urge all my customers to plan how to get home in advance to ensure a safe and Merry Christmas to themselves, their family, friends and the Community at large .