244 arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in South Wales
Between 1st December 2023, and 1st January 2024, South Wales Police officers conducted 3,145 breath tests and 203 drug tests as part of national campaign, Op Limit.
One hundred and fifty-seven were found to be over the drink drive limit, and 87 of those who were tested for drugs gave a positive result.
Roads Policing Inspector Michael Prickett said: “I am extremely proud of my officers for their work in taking these drivers off the streets.
“This was an exceptionally busy period with drink drive arrests increasing by 2.6% and drug drive arrests increasing by 70% since 2022.
“Unfortunately, many people continue to choose to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and this has a devastating impact on communities and individuals.
“Although the festive period is over, officers will continue to pursue those who are determined to break the law.
“If you’re found to be over the drink-drive limit, and/or driving while impaired by drugs, not only can receive a criminal record, but you can also get a maximum penalty of six months in prison, an unlimited fine and an automatic driving ban of at least one year.”
Always check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure about whether your prescription or over-the-counter medication will affect your ability to drive.
Anybody who has concerns about anybody they believe to be driving under the influence is asked to contact police via Live Chat or 101 (or 999 if they are posing an imminent danger). Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.