December will see the three Fire and Rescue Services working closely with the 4 Police services across Wales. The three Welsh Fire and Rescue Services are supporting the Welsh Police forces campaign to raise awareness about drink/drug driving. Drink/drug driving are two of the main causes of fatal road traffic collisions in Wales.
“You should be under no illusion if you get behind the wheel whilst under the influence you not only risk your licence, get a fine or prison sentence, but you are risking lives too” – that is the message being driven by the Welsh Police Forces during their Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign.
The All Wales Fire and Rescue Service Road Safety Group is committed to making sure our communities are safer places to live in. Drivers can help by driving responsibly and spreading the road safety message as widely as possible.
MAWWFRS Corporate Head of Protection and Prevention Mydrian Harries advises,
‘Never take the risk to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol as the consequences could be fatal. Not only is this behavior irresponsible, but there is absolutely no excuse for putting yourself, and others at risk.
If you have plans to go out then make sure that you arrange for safe transportation home as part of those plans. If you go out and end up having a drink when you did not plan to, just get a taxi home. People often do not realize the affects that alcohol and drugs can have on your senses and think that it is ‘okay’ to drive after ‘just a few’. It is NOT.
If you have been drinking, please be aware that you may still have alcohol in your system the following day which can affect your driving ability and be against the law. If you are unsure about whether or not you are safe to drive, visit Think UK’s website
for further information.
We do not want you, your friends, or family to end up as another road traffic death statistic; we want you to arrive alive”.
Superintendent Jane Banham from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said: “Once again our campaign will be heavily focussed around preventing drink or drug driving to stop those who are risking their lives and the lives of innocent road users.
“Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Safer Neighbourhood Teams and the Special Constabulary will be working and anyone who is considering driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs should know that we will be out and about waiting for them -please don’t think the rural nature of the region affords you protection because it doesn’t.
“Anyone caught faces a minimum 12-18 month ban and I would urge people to take a moment and think seriously about how that would affect your life; driving to work or college, childcare arrangements or school runs, socialising and visiting family. The impact of losing your licence is enormous. Worst still, you could injure or kill yourself or someone else. Drink driving isn’t worth the risk.”
“All four Welsh forces are fully committed to help make the roads safer for all and will continue to target those who endanger their own lives and the lives of others. Don’t drive under the influence of drink or drugs - even a very small amount of drugs or alcohol can affect your ability to drive safely. Don’t let your friends and family pay the price.”
Road Safety Wales is urging the public to have a zero tolerance to drink and drug driving and to report anyone who is breaking the law and putting lives at risk to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the Police on 101 (or 999 if they are posing imminent danger).
For more information on road safety in your area please use the contact details listed below:
01268 909 404 for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
01745 352 693 for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
0144 3232 000 for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.