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South Wales Police reveal drink drive numbers over Christmas

by Editor

Between December 1, 2023, and January 1, 2024, 157 drivers in South Wales were found to be over the drink-drive limit, and 87 of those who were tested for drugs gave a positive result.

During that time period, South Wales Police officers conducted 3145 breath tests and 203 drug tests as part of national campaign Operation Limit.

Roads Policing Inspector Michael Prickett said it was “unfortunate” that a number of people still choose to drink and drive.

“I am extremely proud of my officers for their work in taking these drivers off the streets,” said Insp Prickett.

“This was an exceptionally busy period with drink drive arrests increasing by 2.6 per cent and drug drive arrests increasing by 70 per cent since 2022.

“Unfortunately, many people continue to choose to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and this has a devastating impact on communities and individuals.

“Although the festive period is over, officers will continue to pursue those who are determined to break the law.

“If you’re found to be over the drink-drive limit, and/or driving while impaired by drugs, not only can receive a criminal record, but you can also get a maximum penalty of six months in prison, an unlimited fine and an automatic driving ban of at least one year.”

A police spokesperson added: “Always check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure about whether your prescription or over-the-counter medication will affect your ability to drive.

“Anybody who has concerns about anybody they believe to be driving under the influence are asked to contact police on 101 (or 999 if they are posing an imminent danger) or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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