Think before you drink - Summer Drink Drive Campaign 2011

Think before you drink – that is the message being driven by all four Welsh police forces ahead of this year’s all Wales Summer Anti Drink / Drug Driving Campaign.

The campaign, which was launched by North Wales Police on the Maes in Caernarfon today (Wednesday, 1st June), aims to crack down on drivers who risk lives by drinking and driving or driving under the influence of drugs.

Throughout the month-long campaign officers across Wales will be focussing their efforts on drink and drug drivers, conducting increased stop checks to tackle those flouting the law.

North Wales Police’ Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard said: "At this time of year, the temptation to drink and drive is even greater as people are often tempted to have a few drinks socialising with friends, and then they don’t think about the dangers of getting behind the wheel.

“We want people to enjoy themselves over the summer months however, if you’re going to a beer garden after work or a friend’s barbecue at the weekend then think about how you are going to get home. Book a taxi, arrange a lift with a designated driver or simply just don’t drink.

“Officers from across Wales will be out there with a determination to arrest those people who choose to drink or take drugs and drive. The overwhelming majority of the public are supportive of the need to make our roads safer and share our resolve to rid the roads of drink and drug drivers.

He added: “Our campaign will continue throughout the remaining summer months as we seek to make our roads safer for all.”

The All Wales Summer Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign will run from Wednesday 1st until Thursday 30th June.

North Wales Police is encouraging anyone with information about people who are drinking or driving to report them by calling 101 (if in Wales), 0845 607 1001 (Welsh language line), 0845 607 1002 (English Language Line) or Crimestoppers Wales anonymously.


  • During the 2010 campaign, 25,714 people were stopped and breath tested by police in Wales. 513 tested positive or refused or failed a breath test. In north Wales, 6,876 drivers were tested with 103 positives.

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
  • Legal expenses
  • Loss of personal transport and increased travel expenses
  • Living with your conscience
  • Worse of all, living with the knowledge that your irresponsibility has caused death, injury or severe distress to innocent people


For more information about this campaign click here