Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

DRINK and drug driv­ers are be­ing tar­geted by of­fi­cers with new pow­ers to tackle of­fend­ers.

Of­fi­cers have launched a crack­down on drink and drug driv­ing in the run-up to sum­mer. They are do­ing ex­tra checks on Macclesfield roads through the month to re­mind driv­ers about the dan­gers and help re­duce the num­ber of ca­su­al­ties.

The of­fi­cers are armed with ex­tra pow­ers to tackle the prob­lem af­ter new drug driv­ing laws in­tro­duced in March.

Of­fi­cers no longer have to prove whether or not a driver is fit to drive but in­stead can pros­e­cute any­one found to be in charge of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle with a con­cen­tra­tion of an il­le­gal drug over the spec­i­fied limit in their body. All roads polic­ing of­fi­cers are now equipped with road­side drug testing kits.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Bev Raistrick said: “Driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of ei­ther al­co­hol or drugs is ex­tremely danger­ous. It af­fects your re­ac­tion time, mak­ing it harder for you to judge your speed, your dis­tance be­tween you and other ve­hi­cles and no­tice po­ten­tial haz­ards.

“All this means that you are more likely to be in­volved in a col­li­sion while driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drink or drugs.”

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