Town is drug driv­ing cap­i­tal of county

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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