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Summer crackdown starts on drink and drug driving

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Police forces across Wales have launched a month-long campaign to target drivers whilst under the influence.

Forces say officers will be stepping up their patrols, using a range of tactics and intelligence to take action against anyone who breaks the law.

The campaign will once again be heavily focussed on asking people to make the right choice. 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.

Our officers 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. Using intelligence received from the public we’ll be ready for action to keep the road network safe, whether it be at night or the morning after.

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. Many of our officers have witnessed the devastating consequences of drink and drug driving.Having to tell someone their loved one has been killed because a driver made the selfish decision to get behind the wheel when under the influence is the worst part of their job. There are no words to describe the devastation caused by drink and drug driving and that is why we are so passionate about what we do.

If you do intend on going to any barbeques or beer gardens this summer please plan ahead and ensure that if you are out having a drink, you have a safe and reliable way of getting home.

– Superintendent Jane Banham, Head of Roads Policing for North Wales Police
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North Wales Police says o far this year between January 1st and May 31st officers have made 351 drink drive and 368 Section 5A drug drive arrests.

During 2018 officers made 936 drink drive and 742 drug drive arrests.