Thousands stopped as part of North Wales drink driving clampdown


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

THOUSANDS of breath tests have been administered throughout North Wales during a recent crack-down on drink driving.

More than 90 people have been arrested during North Wales Police's Summer Anti Drink Drive after 6,000 breath tests were carried out druing the month-long campaign.

During the June campaign, a total of 15,485 breath tests were carried out throughout Wales with 358 being positive.

The highest reading in the North Wales area was 130mg with the legal limit being 35mg after which a 37-year-old man from Prestatyn was charged and bailed to appear before Prestatyn Magistrates Court.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing, who is in charge of North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit, said: “It’s a shame that in this day and age people are continuing to ignore our warnings and think it is acceptable to drive under the influence of alcohol and over the legal limit.

Even with all the warnings 94 people were found to be positive which is disappointing.

“The absolute disregard these drivers have for others, and the potential damage they cause to families is unacceptable.

“We run two anti-drink and drug drive campaigns a year, and yet the public still have to pay millions of pounds in police and emergency service time because these drivers don’t get the message.”

He added: “With the current warm weather, more people may be tempted to have a few drinks, at barbecues or whilst drinking in beer gardens during the afternoons or after work, and may drive without thinking of the consequences.

“If people need to get somewhere there are numerous alternatives to driving under the influence, including public transport, taxi services or getting a lift from someone they know.”

Anyone with information regarding individuals who are believed to drive whilst over the legal limit or drive under the influence of drugs, can contact North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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