A team of volunteer police officers from North Wales Police have secured their first drug drive conviction.
25-year-old Andrew Garland, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, was stopped by officers at the roadside in Prestatyn last month by members of the Special Constabulary Road Safety Team.
He failed the roadside drugs swipe test after testing positive for cannabis and was arrested.
He was subsequently charged and yesterday, Monday January 23rd, appeared before Magistrates at Llandudno where he was disqualified from driving for 12 months and was ordered to pay a fine, costs and victim surcharge totalling £525.
Specials Chief Inspector Andy Moore, who has responsibility for the Road Safety Unit said:
“Whilst this is the first drug drive conviction for the unit it won’t be our last. Those who choose to break the law must realise that driving while impaired through drugs has serious consequences.”
The Road Safety Unit is based at Police Headquarters in Colwyn Bay and compromises of a Special Sergeant and five Special Constables. They focus their time on helping to make the roads of North Wales safer by looking at areas of concerns such as anti-social driving, drink driving, speed enforcement sites and any specific road safety operations across the region.
The work is intelligence driven and assists the Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Roads Policing Unit in providing a specialist resource.
S/C.I Moore added: “Over the coming months the team will have a presence at local events to not only provide road safety advice, but to also help promote the work of the Special Constabulary. They will link in closely with School Liaison Officers to help highlight the risks and consequences to younger drivers and will work with young drivers to help deter bad driver behaviour. They will also work alongside the Community Speed Watch initiative which has localised schemes across the region.”
Anybody who may have information relating to drug drivers should contact North Wales Police on 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.