At the launch of this year’s Welsh Assembly Government and Police anti drink drive campaign in Llanelli today (2 December) key speakers, including former Wales international Rupert Moon, will promise to join forces in facing the menace of drinking and driving over the Christmas period, and beyond.
Welcoming this year’s campaign, the Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones said,
"For many years I have supported the Welsh police forces' campaign to change attitudes and help cut the number of alcohol related deaths on our roads and I am very proud of the work we've done so far.
"We have come a long way and are determined to do everything we can to make Welsh roads safer. But the reality is that we cannot do this alone. We need the support of the public to be able to make a real impact. I urge everyone to play their part. The small minority who continue to ignore the law risk not only their own lives but the lives of others."
This year’s campaign will highlight to drivers that even one drink is too many and the message is clear: if you’re planning a night out this festive season think about organising a taxi or using public transport both on the day, and also the day after.
The Assistant Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police, who are hosting this year’s launch event at Parc Y Scarlets said,
“We’d like to remind motorists that they could still be over the limit right though the following day depending on how much alcohol has been consumed. A conviction for drink driving can ruin your life, and can lead to imprisonment or a criminal conviction.”
Through the nationwide advertising campaign, drivers will be reminded that even having one or two drinks can affect your judgement, slow reactions, and that if you drive over the legal drink drive limit you could receive a heavy fine, lose your licence, and maybe even your life or that of another.
Over the next four weeks thousands of motorists face being stopped as teams from the four forces – North Wales, Dyfed Powys, South Wales and Gwent conduct road checks at various locations across the country.
“Last year, the four Welsh police forces carried out nearly a quarter of all the breath tests conducted in England and Wales,” said Assistant Chief Constable Nick Ingram. “We are committed to making our roads safer, and we’d ask the public to help us do that.”