More than 600 people were caught at the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs during a campaign run by Wales’ four police forces at Christmas.
The annual drink and drug driving campaign, which ran from December 1, 2021 to January 1, 2022, saw 299 arrests for drink-driving, with another 202 for drug-driving.
Almost 100 of those arrests - 85 drink-drive and 14 drug-drive - came following road traffic collisions.
Dyfed-Powys Police Superintendent Clark Jones-John: “The fact that drink or drugs were a factor in almost 100 collisions in Wales in just one month is very worrying and, frankly, unacceptable.
“We run these campaigns to try and raise awareness of the seriousness of driving under the influence, so it is disappointing that so many people have been caught and will lose their driving licence.
“For some it will be more serious and they will lose their employment.
“Police officers work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and anyone who is considering driving whilst under the influence should know that we will be out and about waiting for them.
“We will continue to crack down on those who take this unnecessary risk and bring them before the courts.”
Dyfed-Powys Police arrested 66 drink-drivers and 33 drug drivers; Gwent Police arrested 51 drink-drivers and 49 drug-drivers; North Wales Police arrested 115 drink-drivers and 72 drug drivers and South Wales Police arrested 67 drink-drivers and 48 drug-drivers.
ACC Mark Travis, form South Wales Police said: “More than 600 drivers had a Christmas and New Year to remember for all the wrong reasons - after being arrested by police across Wales for drink and drug driving.”
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