Town is drug driving capital of county
MACCLESFIELD is the county capital of drug driving, according to new figures.
During December Cheshire Police arrested 91 people for driving under the influence of drugs like cannabis, cocaine or ecstasy.
Almost a third of these - 27 - were in Macclesfield, followed by 21 in Crewe, 13 in Warrington, seven in Chester, four in both Ellesmere Port and Northwich, two in Widnes and one in Runcorn.
The figures add to the 240 motorists arrested between March - when new drug driving laws came into force - and the end of the November.
Deputy Chief Constable Janette McCormick said: “It’s astonishing to see how many people still take drugs and drive.”
Police & Crime Commissioner John Dwyer added: “The consequences of drug driving, can cause a ripple effect that can have catastrophic and devastating ramifications for not only the driver of the vehicle, but innocent members of the public involved in the incident.”
Police are now equipped with roadside ‘drugalysers’ which test for drugs using a swab.
They instantly indicate if a driver has taken cannabis or cocaine, while lab tests pick up on other banned substances.