North Wales Police, Regional News — February 3, 2017 at 1:54 pm — Updated: February 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm

155 arrests in drink and drug driving crackdown

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The number of drink and drug driving arrests over Christmas has gone up in North Wales.

Police say more drug drivers than ever were thought during the annual month-long crackdown. 60 drivers across the region were caught after testing positive in roadside swab tests.

95 motorists were arrested for drink driving after they tested positive or failed or refused a breath test – officers carried out over 9,448 tests from 1st December 2016 to 1st January 2017.

In 2015, 82 were arrested for drinkk driving while 35 people were caught driving under the influence of drugs.

North Wales Police say knowledge of local hotspots and intelligence-led tactics helped officers catch offending drivers. Overall, 2016 saw 881 arrests for drink driving and 400 for drug driving.

Inspector David Cust from the Roads Policing Unit in Colwyn Bay said: ”Although the festivities are now over, we are reminding motorists of the message that drink or drug driving is unacceptable all year round. We will continue in our efforts to change driver behaviour in order to make our roads safer.”

In the most serious case of drink driving, a 57 year-old man from Kidderminster was caught on the A55 in Flintshire with more than four times the permitted amount of alcohol in his breath. He was given a suspended jail sentence and banned from driving for three years.

During the same month, an Ellesmere Port man became the first to be convicted for drug driving by a new road safety unit of volunteer special constables. Andrew Garland (25) was banned from driving for a year and fined after he tested positive for cannabis when he was stopped in Prestatyn.

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