Targeting drivers who drive whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs

This summer police will be targeting drivers who risk their lives and the lives of others by driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Dyfed Powys Police will lead the month-long campaign on behalf of the four welsh police forces, running from 10th June to the 10th July, to coincide with the 2016 UEFA European Championships which takes place in France.

Over the next four weeks, thousands of motorists face being stopped as teams from the four forces – North Wales, Dyfed Powys, South Wales and Gwent - conduct road checks at various locations across the country.

Last year in Wales the campaign saw officers carrying out over 12,000 breath tests, of which over 300 roadside breath tests were positive. 52 arrests were made under the new Section 5a drug drive offence

Assistant Chief Constable, Pam Kelly said: “Whilst drink or drug driving has become socially unacceptable there is still a small group of drivers who offend in this way. We will continue to target any drivers who drive while under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances.

“If you drink and drive you will potentially not only ruin your life, but the lives of others. There is absolutely no excuse for drinking and driving and the consequences can be devastating. Think before you go out, watch what you drink and plan how you will get home.”

Although this is a month-long focussed campaign, the drive to change attitudes, increase road safety and catch offenders continues all year round.

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.”

If you have information relating to someone you think is driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, please contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999