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Number of drink-driving convictions 'alarming'

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The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives says the conviction rate for drink driving is 'alarming'.

Figures from an insurance company show four Welsh communities dominate the top five worst areas for drink driving:

  • Crewe
  • Llandrindod Wells
  • Cardiff
  • Newport
  • Swansea
  • Aberdeen
  • Blackpool
  • Darlington
  • Telford
  • Plymouth

Although conviction rates across the country continue to fall, it is alarming to see Welsh cities such as Cardiff featuring so prominently on the list.

It’s clear that more needs to be done to drive home the message that getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs is completely unacceptable and puts lives at risk.

The fact drivers in Cardiff are more than 15 times more likely to have a drink or drug-drive conviction than counterparts in London is very concerning and more needs to be done to educate individuals and warn of the dangers involved.

– Andrew RT Davies AM, LEader, Welsh Conservatives
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Today Welsh police forces launch their anti-drink/drug driving campaign.

Gwent Police will lead the month-long campaign, running from 1st December 2015 to 1st January 2016.

Last year in Wales a total of 30,718 motorists took part with 488 returning either positive results or failing/refusing to take the breath test.

We are committed to making the roads in Wales safer and year on year we raise awareness of the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs through campaigns such as this one.

Christmas and New Year are a time for enjoyment and social events, and whilst I would encourage everyone to have a good time, it is important to reiterate our key message; if you drink, don’t drive and if you drive, don’t drink – it’s that simple!

– Julian Williams, Assistant Chief Constable, Gwent Police

Christmas drink drive figures

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Over 480 drivers in Wales were caught over the drink drive limit during the All Wales Winter Anti-Drink and Drug Driving Campaign.

Throughout the month-long campaign 30,718 drivers throughout Wales were breath tested.

Dyfed-Powys Police carried out 8204 breath tests with 140 being positive. In Gwent a total of 2,203 breath tests were carried out, with 42 being positive.

In North Wales Police officers tested 15,627 drivers, with 76 being positive, and South Wales Police administered 4684 tests with 230 positive results.

It is disappointing that 488 drivers throughout Wales chose to risk their own lives, and the lives of others during the campaign. We were clear in our messages throughout the campaign that drink or drug driving is not acceptable, and will not be tolerated. But those that chose to break the law and endanger themselves and other road users arrogantly were in the minority, and we thank the public that showed support for the campaign and were happy to co-operate.

– Carl Langley, Deputy Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police


500 caught drink driving in Christmas crackdown

502 people around Wales tested positive for drink-driving, or failed or refused to be breath-tested, during a month-long crackdown over Christmas. That's a fall of 43 when compared with the same month a year earlier.

All four of Wales' police forces joined together in the campaign, from 1 December to 1 January. More than 35,000 motorists were tested - that's an increase of 7,700 from 12 months before.

  • South Wales Police - 3,703 tested - 103 positive, refused or failed to be tested
  • Dyfed-Powys Police - 11,075 tested - 200 positive, refused or failed to be tested
  • Gwent Police - 1,935 tested - 39 positive, refused or failed to provide to be tested
  • North Wales Police - 17,870 tested - 107 positive, refused or failed to be tested

Cardiff and Swansea among drink-driving blackspots

Cardiff and Swansea are among the worst places in the UK for drink-driving, according to car insurance application figures. The comparison website ranked them both in the top 10 after looking at recorded offences on drivers' insurance quotations.

  • 1. Harrogate - 8.2 drink or drugs-related convictions per 1,000 insurance quotes
  • 2. Hereford - 7.3 convictions per 1,000 quotes
  • 3. Cardiff - 7.2 convictions per 1,000 quotes
  • 8. Swansea - 6.6 convictions per 1,000 quotes