So far this year, 303 people have lost their lives, more than 40 of them as a result of drink-driving
Wesley Llewellyn Mawson, 22, of Burnmoor Drive, Eaglescliffe, banned from driving for 16 months and fined pounds 100 with pounds 55 costs for drink-driving
Inspector Greg Olphert of Roads Policing Unit, South Wales Police, said: "We are now halfway through the campaign and have already stopped and breath-tested 1,229 drivers and arrested 79 people at the roadside for drink-driving
in South Wales.
Ministers have previously rejected random breath-testing, but it is understood that there was a change of heart when the results of the latest Christmas campaign against drink-driving
"But hopefully the deaths will start to come down and that will be followed by a significant reduction in the number of arrests we have for drink-driving
* December 24, 2003: Arrested for causing death by dangerous driving and drink-driving
. He was found to have 55mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
While the drink-driving
trend was satisfactory, the RAC Foundation reported a six-fold increase in people driving with drugs in their systems in 10 years.
Of the 24 people who appeared before the courts for drink-driving
offences, 19 provided a positive breath test following a serious injury collision.
He already faces a separate drink-driving
charge dating back to February, which will be heard next month.
Brendan Higgins, 51, of Russet Drive, Hertfordshire, admitted his third drink-driving
offence after he was pulled over on Beach Road, Tynemouth, on New Year's Eve.
She was banned from driving for 16 months and fined pounds 250, with pounds 60 court costs after admitting drink-driving
epidemic is sweeping Northern Ireland's country roads, a survey has claimed.