December 1, 2009

Warning over drink-driving as Christmas checks begin

THIS year’s Christmas anti-drink-drive campaign is being targeted at the “utterly thoughtless” minority who continue to put innocent people at risk.

But this minority still accounts for one sixth of all road deaths, Transport Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones has warned.

As the annual crackdown got under way today, he said: “This will be the third drink-drive campaign I have been involved with and, while I believe we are changing attitudes and helping to cut alcohol-related road deaths, there are still too many individuals and families whose lives are being devastated by drink-drive related injuries and fatalities.

“Although only a small minority of motorists continue to ignore the law in regard to drink-driving, this minority of irresponsible drivers still accounts for one sixth of all road deaths in this country.

“I urge these drivers to consider the effects that their behaviour may have on innocent victims and stop being so utterly thoughtless.”

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