Drink and drug driving is a problem all year round

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones has responded to the news that North Wales Police, which polices less than a quarter of the population of Wales, was responsible for more than half of the country’s breath tests over Christmas.

North Wales Police, covering a population of 675,000, tested 18,780 people between 1 December 2012 and 1 January 2013, with 107 positive tests. The other three Welsh forces combined tested 16,713 in the same period.

Ann Jones said:

“I was pleased to join North Wales’ Roads Policing Unit on a patrol in my constituency over the Christmas period in an effort to highlight the excellent work they do in working towards reducing road deaths associated with drink or drug driving.

“Drink and drug driving is a problem all year round, and that’s why the Christmas campaign, which was deliberately high-profile and visible, also serves to reinforce Operation Sodium, which North Wales Police began during the summer, in response to the growing number of young drivers involved in collisions linked to drink or drug driving.

“It’s important that we all send out the strong message that such mindless behaviour is totally unacceptable. Not only does it put the perpetrator at risk but it needlessly endangers the lives of others.”