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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Cheers to Llan's sober motorists!

Llangollen motorists were praised for their abstemiousness at this week's Town Council meeting.
Across the country more than 500 drivers were caught over the drink drive limit during the All Wales Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Driving Campaign.
Throughout the campaign 35,493 drivers were breath tested between December 1 and January 1.
North Wales Police carried out 18,780 breath tests - double the amount carried out during the 2011 Christmas campaign with 107 being positive.
However, none of over-the-limit drivers were from Llangollen, town clerk Gareth Thomas told members of the Town Council at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, adding: "Obviously, the police campaign worked."

Cllr Bob Lube, (pictured right) who was chairing the meeting in the absence of the mayor, Cllr Jon Haddy, said: "The people of Llangollen have to be commended for their abstemiousness."     
The two highest readings recorded by North Wales Police were 147 and 142, where two individuals were over four times the legal drink drive limit. The legal limit is 35. Both people were subsequently charged and placed before the courts.
Chief Inspector Darren Wareing, who is in charge of the North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit said: “Although warnings were given throughout the campaign that we would be out and about, 107 drivers chose to ignore our warnings and risked their own lives and the lives of others by breaking the law. This is very disappointing.
“However the good news is that nobody was killed or seriously injured on the roads of North Wales by a drink driver throughout the campaign.
“The feedback we have received from members of the public via email and via our social networking sites has been extremely positive. We have had many people commenting on the fact that they really did think about getting behind the wheel the morning after drinking alcohol and this is very encouraging."
* If you have information relating to someone you think is driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, please contact North Wales Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers Wales anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.

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