South Wales Police will be highlighting the dangers and consequences of drink and drug driving by supporting the NPCC national campaign from today [Monday 15th August] until Sunday 28th August 2022.
The campaign will involve high visibility patrols, engagement activities and an operational week of action targeting dangerous drivers and protecting road users from harm.
Across Wales last year, 11.7% of all roadside breath tests either tested positive, failed to be provided or were refused, with 57.2% of all drug tests following suit.
Head of Specialist Operations, Superintendent Marc Lamerton said: “Driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is extremely dangerous. It’s a message that we, as police officers, put across all the time but unfortunately, we continue to see serious accidents happen and lives lost far too regularly.
“Even a small amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. Drugs can affect a person’s judgement, concentration, and vision, which are all extremely important for driving, and therefore makes the driver extremely dangerous on the road.
“If you drink alcohol or take illegal drugs/prescribed or over-the-counter medication and then get behind the wheel of a car, you risk your life, the lives of your passengers and others on the road. Drink and drug driving costs lives.”
Tackling drink and drug driving is an ongoing commitment for Police forces all over the UK.
Any concerns about someone driving under the influence should always be reported.
This can be done by submitting a report online, calling 101 or 999 if it is an emergency.
Alternatively, reports can be submitted anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org