Police warning as Christmas drink-drive checks begin
6:01pm Sunday 8th December 2013 in News
DRIVERS throughout Wales are being reminded of the dangers of drink-driving, and the devastating effect it can have on families.
During the Christmas period last year, Dyfed-Powys police carried out a total of 11,075 breath tests, with 200 drivers testing positive, or refusing or failing to provide a sample.
In Wales as a whole, more than 500 drivers were caught over the drink drive limit.
Susan Storch, chairman of Road Safety Wales and Dyfed-Powys Police Road Safety Officer, said: “Unfortunately too many drivers are still prepared to risk driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
"No-one should be in any doubt that alcohol, in any amount, will have a detrimental effect on driving ability.
"Road Safety Wales partners are committed to educating people about the consequences of impairment, and fully support the Police during this seasonal campaign, and throughout the year.”
Deputy Chief Constable of North Wales Police, Gareth Pritchard, added: “If you drink and drive you significantly increase the risk of killing an innocent person, or yourself or both. It is really that simple."
Over the next four weeks, thousands of motorists face being stopped as police forces from across Wales conduct road checks at various locations.
If you have information relating to someone you think is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.
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