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14 June 2017, 10:12
A campaign to crackdown on drink and drug driving throughout June has seen 52 arrests carried out in North Wales so far.
Between June 1st and 13th officers have made 29 arrests after drivers provided a positive sample or refused to give a breath test in roadside stop checks across the region as part of the All Wales Summer Anti Drink and Drug Drive campaign.
23 people have also been arrested after failing a roadside drugs wipe test.
Inspector Dave Cust from the Roads Policing Unit said: “People should be aware that we have detailed tactical plans to support this campaign, that include targeting specific areas following information given to us by concerned members of the community.
"Summer is a time for enjoyment and social events such as barbeques and whilst I would encourage everyone to have a good time, it is important to reiterate our key message; if you drink, don’t drive and if you drive, don’t drink – it’s that simple!
“The sole reason we carry out these campaigns is to help keep people safe on the roads, and I would like to thank everybody who has contacted us with information so far. By letting us know of anybody driving under the influence of drink or drugs they are possibly saving a life.
“Driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs has significant impact on people; the devastation caused to families following a fatal collision can be immeasurable."
The highest breath test reading of the campaign so far has been 118 mg per 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35. Officers were called to a damage only collision in Connah’s Quay shortly before 10am on Friday June 9th. The female driver was breath tested at the scene which was found to be positive. She was subsequently arrested and taken to police custody. The 59-year-old woman, who' from the Connah’s Quay area, has since been charged and she will appear before Mold Magistrates on 26th June.
A man was also arrested in Blaenau Ffestiniog yesterday morning (Monday, June 12th) after he was initially stopped as he was driving without insurance. He subsequently failed the roadside drugs wipe test after testing positive for cocaine. His vehicle was seized, he was arrested and has since been released pending the results of further tests.