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Video: Shocking moment pedestrians mowed down in police 'don't drink and drive' campaign

One man lies in the road following the drink drive incident. Credit: South Wales Police

Police have launched a hard-hitting 'don't drink and drive campaign' with CCTV footage of a drunk driver mowing down two innocent pedestrians.

Twenty-one-year-old Abdullah Rasul, from Port Talbot, was convicted for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with alcohol levels above the limit.

One person hit by his car suffered a broken ankle, the other suffered broken ribs, a dislocated shoulder and a wound to his head.

The victims gave their consent for the film to be released to help raise awareness of the dangers of drink or drug driving.

Rasul was jailed for two years and eight months and disqualified from driving for three years.

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Last year saw over 3,500 drink drive tests administered across South Wales resulting in 179 arrests, and 141 drug wipes with 65 arrests.

South Wales Police says intelligence suggests that drivers aged between 17-25 are involved in a disproportionate number of drink drug drive offences.

The force will be carrying out targeted operational activity from 18th December 2019 through to 1st January 2020 providing an increased police presence throughout South Wales.

The car Rasul was driving was overloaded. Credit: South Wales Police

Abdullah Rasul drove down a street without clearing the windscreen of his overloaded Ford Ka before he ploughed into the two unsuspecting pedestrians.

Rasul, who was almost twice the legal drink-driving limit, then drove off as the two men lay still in the street following the incident in Derwen Road in Bridgend.

Rasul had been at The Roof nightclub and had ignored repeated warnings not to drive and turned down the offer of a lift home when he got behind the wheel in an “utterly reckless” move.

One of his five passengers said he could not see out of the windscreen at all because it was completely steamed up.

The incident happened in Bridgend. Credit: South Wales Police

Drink or drug driving is completely unacceptable at any time, and catching motorists who are prepared to take such a risk continues to be a priority for us.

In recent years the number of drivers choosing to use illegal substances and drive has been increasing. With new technology available, we are able to detect drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs far easier than ever before.

The message is clear - don’t drink or drug drive. If someone decides to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs, they should expect to be caught.

– Assistant Chief Constable Andy Valentine, South Wales Police

If you suspect someone is driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, please report it immediately on 101, on 999 if they are posing imminent danger, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.