Officers in Gwent are urging the public to anonymously let them know the details of motorists that drink or drug drive by using a NEW text service launched as part of the All Wales anti-drink and drug driving campaign.
"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 as they prepare to launch their Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign.
The month-long operation against driving under the influence begins on Friday, 1st December and police forces across the country will be using intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspots to detect people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the festive period.
North Wales Police will lead the all Wales campaign and will be using social media to drive home the message the impact of drink and drug driving.
Gwent Police is urging people that if they know someone who drink or drug Drives - they can text Gwent Police 24/7, anonymously and help keep our roads safe on a new texting service. All we need is the Car Registration, Make, Model, Location, Time and Driver details if known - 07464 645 100 (this is not a free number, texts are charged at normal rate)
Operational Support Chief Inspector, Martyn Smith said: "We are committed to making the roads in Wales safer and year on year we raise awareness of the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs through campaigns such as this one.
"This year, we are offering a texting facility to allow people to let contact us anonymously if they know someone who drink or drug drives - all we need is the Car Registration, Make, Model, Location, Time and Driver details if known - just text: 07464 645 100
"The Christmas festivities and New Year are a time for enjoyment, and whilst I would encourage everyone to have a good time, it is important to reiterate, if you drink, don't drive and if you drive, don't drink - it's that simple!
"It is also important to remember that if you have a drink in the evening you can still be over the limit the following morning, we will be conducting roadside breath tests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
"If you have any information relating to someone who may be driving after drinking or taking drugs please let us know by texting us, or report it to 101. In an emergency always call 999."
Leading on the campaign, 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."
Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates said:
"Every time anyone gets behind the wheel having had a drink, even one, the chances of an accident increase.
"The coming weeks will see people from across Wales celebrate Christmas and I'd like to reiterate how imperative it is that everything possible is done to keep us all safe on our roads.
"Whilst I'd like to thank our heroic Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance service who so often have to deal first hand with the preventable consequences of drink driving, I hope to see the Welsh public planning ahead and acting responsibly this Christmas to ensure that they do not put themselves, and others, in unnecessary danger."
If you suspect someone is driving while unfit to do so, please report it immediately to police on 101 (or 999 if they are posing imminent danger) or phone it through anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.