Wales unites to tell drivers: ‘Don’t drive whilst under the influence’
This summer, police officers across Wales will be targeting drivers who risk their lives and the lives of others by driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Gwent Police will lead the month-long campaign, running throughout June, on behalf of the four Welsh police forces.
Last summer in Wales, over 9500 motorists took part in the campaign, with more than 300 returning either positive results or failing/refusing to take the breath test.
Assistant Chief Constable for Gwent Police, Emma Ackland, said: “The lighter evenings and warmer weather are great reasons to get together with friends and family. We want people to enjoy themselves but to stay safe and responsible by not getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
“As part of this all Wales campaign, officers will be patrolling the roads throughout June, carrying out roadside breath tests. Our officers also carry kits that can detect illegal drugs, making us more equipped than ever to take action against those who are putting themselves and the safety of others at risk.
“Taking just one chance and getting behind the wheel, when you are under the influence of drink or drugs can have truly devastating consequences for you, your loved ones and others road users. Please plan ahead and ensure that if you are out having a drink, you have a safe and reliable way of getting home.”
Chair of Road Safety Wales, Susan Storch said: “Road Safety Wales partners are committed to educating people about the consequences of drink and drug driving and fully support the police during this seasonal campaign and throughout the year.
“Choosing to drive when impaired by alcohol and/or drugs is dangerous and unacceptable. Drivers should be under no illusion if they get behind the wheel whilst under the influence they not only risk their licence, receiving a fine and a prison sentence, but they are risking lives too.
“Drivers need to be aware that regardless of the time of day they are caught, whether they are going to work or taking children to school, they will face the same penalties as someone who has chosen to drink heavily in a pub and driven at night. Our message is clear, never drive under the influence of drink or drugs, even the morning after.”