DRUG DRIVING arrests were made in Rhyl, Bodelwyddan and Kinmel Bay over the weekend.

These were just three of many cases dealt with by the Roads Policing Unit whereby several individuals have failed the roadside drugs and breath tests.

Between Friday and Sunday arrests were made in those three areas as well as Amlwch, Llanllyfni, Connah’s Quay, Bangor, Pwllheli, Bethesda, the A55 at Bretton, Northop and the A483 at Pulford.

Inspector Nicky Collins of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Driving whilst under the influence of drugs – whether prescribed medication or illegal substances is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Not only is it a criminal offence but it is also completely unacceptable which puts lives at risk.

“Drugs can affect your mind and body in a variety of ways that mean you aren't able to drive safely. Not only that, the effects can last for hours or even days. Driving while under the influence of drugs can lead to slower reaction times, poor concentration, confusion, fatigue, being over confident which means you take unnecessary risks and erratic behaviour.

“The consequences of being caught can be life changing. Anyone caught faces a minimum 12-18 month ban and I would urge people to take a moment and think. The impact of losing your licence is enormous. Worst still, you could injure or kill yourself or someone else. It simply isn’t worth the risk.

“Patrols will continue as part of our ongoing commitment to keeping the roads safe for all and to provide a high visibility reassurance to our communities, and we will continue to take action against drivers who commit offences on our roads.”