Summer drink-drive arrests fall in Wales

A police officer holds a breath test kit Police say awareness is still needed to highlight the dangers of drink-driving

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The number of people caught drink-driving during a summer crackdown across Wales has fallen compared to the previous year.

A total of 360 people tested positive for alcohol or drugs - 1.9% of 19,277 tested in June.

It is down from the 2.5% who tested positive during the 2011 campaign, which was described by police at the time as "alarming" .

But officers said more awareness of the issue was still needed.

South Wales Police recorded the highest percentage of motorists who tested positive for drink or drugs at 4%, while North Wales Police had the lowest at 1%.

Chief Constable Jackie Roberts of Dyfed-Powys Police, which led the campaign, said it was important to keep highlighting the dangers of drink-driving.

"We want to get the message across that drinking alcohol and driving is unacceptable and that it puts other road users at risk," she said.

"We cannot safely calculate how much we can drink and then drive and that also means the morning after.

"The choice is simple, you either drink or drive."

Susan Storch, chair of Road Safety Wales, added: "These results demonstrate how necessary it is for us all to continue to work together in educating drivers on the dangers of consuming alcohol and / or taking drugs and then driving."

Dyfed-Powys Gwent South Wales North Wales All Wales

Source: Dyfed-Powys Police

Total breath tests administered

2,273

3,261

3,226

10,517

19,277

Total positive, refused or failed to provide

79

50

130

101

360

% of those that were positive, refused or failed to provide

3.5%

1.5%

4.0%

1.0%

1.9%

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