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All Wales Anti-Drink/Drug Driving Campaign results

Published: Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Welsh police officers tested over 35,000 motorists as part of the 2012 All Wales Winter Anti Drink/Drug Drive Campaign - an increase of over 7,700 compared to 2011.

The four-week campaign ran from 1st December 2012 to 1st January 2013.

The large number breath tests administered during the campaign resulted in 502 being positive, failed or refused, a drop of 43 compared to 2011.

The under-25 age group remains the same with 142 young drivers being arrested.

In Gwent 1,935 breath tests were administered and 39 people tested positive, refused or failed to provide.

Gwent Police Roads Policing Unit Inspector Lee Ford said: "It is disappointing to see that some people continue to ignore the dangers to themselves and others and get behind the wheel after drinking. Although the majority are responsible drivers we still detected 39 offenders during December.

"We took are targeted approach to the campaign and stopped many drivers thanks to information provided by members of the public.

"The public's support is invaluable in helping to keep our roads safe from drink and drug drivers and I would like to thank everyone for their continued help. We need to work with the public to make drink driving socially unacceptable because it costs lives.

"I would appeal for people to provide us with information throughout the year because our campaign against drink driving isn't just for the Christmas period."