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More drug drivers than rest of Wales combined.

MORE motorists tested positive for drug driving than for drink driving over the Christmas period in North Wales, figures show.

North Wales Police carried out 2,295 roadside tests during their anti-drink and drug drive campaign between December 1 and January 1. Results released by the force show that 84 people failed roadside drug tests and 83 blew over the legal limit for alcohol. The amount of drug-drive arrests was more than the other Welsh forces put together.

Superintendent Jane Banham, of North Wales Police's Roads Policing Unit, said people are still not "grasping the full extent of the danger drug-driving poses".

During the whole of 2018, North Wales Police arrested 936 people who had either given a positive, refused or failed to provide a breath test. Officers also made 742 drug-drive arrests.

Police said the highest alcohol reading during their 2018 festive campaign was a woman who was more than four times the legal limit.

The 37-year-old woman from Penrhyn Bay was arrested on December 9 in Rhos-on-Sea after being found to have 150 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 mililitres of breath - the legal limit being 35.

She was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, disqualified from driving for 36 months and ordered to pay costs.

South Wales Police made 179 drink drive and 67 drug drive arrests during the Christmas campaign. Dyfed Powys Police made 85 drink drive and 11 drug drive arrests, with Gwent Police making 21 drink drive and four drug drive arrests.

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Date:Feb 19, 2019
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