Wales

Wales summer drink-drive crackdown under way

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A month-long campaign to stop drink or drug drivers is getting under way.

The annual summer crackdown by Welsh police forces saw 9,500 drivers tested last year, with 306 over the limit.

Officers say they will be carrying out more drug-drive tests, with 131 caught in 2016's campaign.

The four forces said they will also act on intelligence from the public to catch offenders, who risk losing their licence or even a prison sentence if prosecuted.

"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," warned Insp Dave Cust from North Wales Police.

"We'll be ready for action to keep the road network safe, whether it be at night or the morning after."

Susan Storch, chairwoman of Road Safety Wales, added: "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."

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Roadside tests in summer 2016:

  • Dyfed-Powys Police carried out 2,751 breath tests. A total of 68 motorists tested positive, refused or failed to provide a specimen. Officers carried out 23 drug tests with 11 testing positive
  • Gwent Police carried out 1,004 breath tests. A total of 51 motorists tested positive, refused or failed to provide a specimen. Officers carried out 65 drug tests with 39 testing positive
  • South Wales Police carried out 1,819 breath tests. A total of 109 motorists tested positive, refused or failed to provide a specimen. Officers carried out 51 drug tests with 45 testing positive
  • North Wales Police carried out 3,958 breath tests. A total of 78 motorists tested positive, refused or failed to provide a specimen. Officers carried out 60 drug tests with 36 testing positive

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