To support the Christmas Anti Drink Drive Campaign 2014 which was launched 1st of December and will carry through December, Anglesey’s Road Safety Advisor Bethan Parry and Alcohol Awareness officer Cara Williams attended sixth form common rooms offering non-alcoholic cocktails to students.
They raised awareness of students having their drinks spiked and how to prevent it and also the dangers of being over the permitted alcohol limit if they were driving the morning after, especially with the run up to Christmas parties.
With thanks to all five of the islands high schools over 400 students participated and took on board the advice.
During last year`s campaign North Wales Police carried out 18,159 breath tests with 107 being positive. Some of the highest readings recorded during the campaign in North Wales were 133, 129 and 124 – the legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. All three individuals have been charged and have appeared before the courts.
This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first drink drive advertising campaign which together with better enforcement has led to road deaths falling from 1,640 in 1967 to 230 in 2012.