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A week-long operation has been launched between Gwent Police and Gloucestershire Police to tackle those using services across the border. The operation has been launched after the easing of lockdown restrictions in Wales and the implementation of further restrictions across England.
Bars and clubs are allowed to open in Wales under tight covid secure measures.
This differs from the national four-week shutdown which has seen all leisure areas closed until at least December 2.
Police officers are concerned that drivers who live on the border between the two countries could take advantage of the different rules.
Chief Superintendent, Mark Hobrough has urged road users to not break their local lockdown restrictions.
“We’ve all experienced the frustration associated with a national lockdown.
“The ongoing health crisis has fundamentally changed the way we all go about our daily lives.
“Working with our colleagues in Gloucestershire Constabulary we’re reminding everyone to not take advantage of bars and clubs opening in Wales, and considering breaking the England-wide lockdown.”
Police officers say this will increase the risk of drivers using their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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Gloucestershire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Rhiannon Kirk said there was a risk that a “small minority” could break lockdown rules.
She added that drink driving could cause “devastating consequences” for other road users in a major risk for the roads.
Ms Kirk said: “This operation is aimed at addressing the risk that a small minority could travel into Wales to drink during lockdown and then drive back home under the influence.
“It is in line with our Safe and Social Roads priority of our police and crime plan and our activity will be targeted and proportionate.
“Drink driving is one of the fatal four causes of collision and can have devastating consequences for those who do it, other road users and their loved ones.”
According to the Welsh Government, travel out of Wales is only allowed under limited circumstances.
These can include work or to drop off a child at education facilities but leisure trips are still not allowed.
Under the English lockdown rules, drivers must stay at home and avoid travel unless for any legally permitting reasons.
If drivers need to travel they should look to reduce the number of journeys they make to limit the possible spread of the disease.
Road users are allowed to travel for outdoor exercise but this should be done locally wherever possible.
This means road users may well be stopped and questioned if they try to cross the Welsh border for any unnecessary reason.
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