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The Summer Anti Drink/Drug Drive 2013

The National All Wales Summer Anti Drink/Drug Drive campaign 2013, backed by all four Welsh Police Forces, will begin on Saturday 1st June.
 
The month long campaign, launched by Gwent Police, will see Forces increase the pressure and focus on those drivers who drink and drive or drive under the influence of drugs.

The Gwynedd Môn Road Safety Partnership are committed in ensuring that the roads of both counties are safe for all road users therefore support the Campaign fully .  

During the campaign Officers from the Gwynedd – Môn  Road Safety Partnership will be visiting Colleges in both Counties  to raise awareness amongst the students of the dangers of drink / drug  driving .  Students will be invited to take part in several activities including ‘ driving ‘ a mini cooper simulator which highlights the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs .  Officer’s will also be on hand to offer advice and support to Students on all aspects of road safety .

There will be increased stop checks to catch those breaking the law and police will use the campaign to reinforce the message and educate drivers.
 If you drink and drive you will potentially not only ruin your life, but the lives of others innocently associated with you and your actions. There is absolutely no excuse for drinking and driving and the consequences can be devastating.
 
You not only risk killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else, but you will end up in court and could face a fine, lose your licence or receive a jail sentence. You will have a criminal record and you could lose your job.
 
As summer approaches, more people may be tempted to have a few drinks, at barbecues or whilst drinking in the afternoon, and may drive without thinking of the consequences.
 
Think before you go out, watch what you drink and plan how you will get home.
 
Anyone with information regarding individuals who are believed to drive while over the legal limit or who drive whilst under the influence of drugs can contact North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
 
? During the 2012 campaign, 19,277 people were stopped and breath tested by police in Wales and 360 of those tested positive, refused or failed to provide representing 1.9% .
? In north Wales, 10,517 drivers were tested with 101 positives.
? In June 2012 more than 83,000 people were tested in England and Wales during the campaign and nearly 5,000 failed a breath test.
? Earlier this year The Institute of Advanced Motorists calculated the personal financial cost of drink-driving and priced it between £20,000 and £50,000. The calculation reflects the fines, legal costs, rise in insurance premiums and possible job losses faced by those who are convicted.
Do you know the legal limit for alcohol when driving?
 
The legal limit in the UK is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.  However, any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely.  The effects can include slower reactions, poorer judgement of speed and distance and a reduced field of vision.  Alcohol also tends to make you feel over-confident and more likely to take risks when driving, which increases the danger to all road-users.
 
The Law
 
If you are convicted for a drink driving offences 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
 
If you are convicted of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink you face:
 
? Up to 14 years in prison
? An unlimited fine
? A minimum two-year driving ban
 
Other consequences:
 
? Face exceptionally high insurance costs once you get your licence back
? You may lose your job