This Christmas police will be targeting drivers who risk their lives and the lives of others by driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Gwent Police will lead the month-long campaign on behalf of the four welsh police forces, with the launch taking place at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran on Thursday 1st December.

Last year in Wales a total of 40,264 motorists took part in the campaign, with 578 returning either positive results or failing/refusing to take the breath test.

Chief Constable of Gwent Police, Carmel Napier said:

"We are committed to making the roads in Wales safer and year on year we raise awareness of the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs through campaigns such as this one.

 “It is important to reiterate our key message; IF YOU DRINK, DON’T DRIVE AND IF YOU DRIVE, DON’T DRINK – it’s that simple!"
Officers in Wales will be out and about 24 hours a day, 7 days a week conducting high profile roadside checks and using intelligence to identify offenders. Although this is a month-long focussed campaign, the drive to change attitudes, increase road safety and catch offenders continues all year round.

If you have information relating to someone you think is driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, please contact police on 101. In an emergency always call 999.

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