NORTH Wales Police breath tested more than 10,700 drivers during the Christmas and New Year drink drive campaign, resulting in 142 arrests.
A total of 2,275 tests were administered to under-25s, which resulted in 39 arrests.
Chief Superintendent John Turton from the force’s Operational Support Division said: “It is disappointing that drivers still put their own lives and other road user’s lives at risk, just to have a drink, with over 600 people caught over the drink drive limit throughout Wales during the month-long campaign.
“People do not seem to have heeded the very real warnings about the dangers of drinking and driving – the drivers caught by officers throughout Wales have blatantly put their own lives and the lives of others at risk.
“We will continue to target drink and drug drivers throughout the year.
“Our enforcement of this illegal behaviour is not seasonal. “We hope that public support for the police regarding drink and drug driving will continue, and together we can help make our roads safer to use for all.”
More than 36,000 drivers were breath tested by the four Welsh forces in the campaign which ran from December 1 2008 to January 1 2009 – compared to 19,554 in 2007.
In 2007, North Wales Police carried out 6,986 breath tests over the corresponding Christmas period, which resulted in 145 positive results.
During the 2006 campaign, 4,404 breath tests were administered with 144 being positive.
Chief Supt Turton added: “If you know of someone who regularly drinks and drives, or if you suspect someone who is behind the wheel whilst under the influence of alcohol, contact North Wales Police on 0845 607 1001 (Welsh line) or 0845 607 1002 (English line).”