Crackdown on drink and drug drivers begins
POLICE MADE NINE ARRESTS OVER 24 HOURS AHEAD OF THE START OF THEIR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN TODAY
POLICE arrested nine people on suspicion of drink or drug-driving over 24 hours ahead of the launch today of the annual Christmas campaign across Greater Manchester.
Of them, two women and two men are facing charges and five have been released on bail pending further investigation.
GMP’s force-wide crackdown will see ‘hotspot’ areas patrolled by marked and unmarked vehicles.
Police said the temptation to get behind the wheel after having a drink increases over the festive and new year periods.
Last year’s Christmas drink and drug-driving campaign saw officers carry out 1,867 breath, drug and field impairment tests.
A total of 228 arrests were made. Police said any amount of alcohol and drugs would impair a driver’s vision, decision-making and reactions.
The campaign aims to highlight the consequences of driving while over the limit and the effects drink and drugs can have on a motorist’s ability to drive. Chief Inspector Matt Bailey-Smith said: “The temptation to stay out and have a drink to celebrate increases during the festive and New Year period.
“However this also increases the chances of that person drinking and driving. GMP will not tolerate anyone who is under the influence of drink or drugs while driving and as we have seen from these results, offenders will be arrested and will face the consequences of their actions.
“My officers will be patrolling hotspot areas in marked and unmarked police vehicles to ensure we limit the number of collisions caused by anyone driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
“Specialist officers will also be directly targeting drivers who we receive information about in order to remove them from our roads. If you know someone who drives under the influence, let us know.
“Any amount of drink and drugs can impair your vision, decisionmaking and dramatically reduce your reaction times. It only takes a second to lose control of your car but the consequences can last a lifetime.
“Make use of public transport or have a designated driver in your group. Don’t risk it, stay safe and have none for the road.”
The month-long campaign will conclude in the New Year. Extra patrols will be out across the region.
Damian O’Rourke, from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Our firefighters are called to serious road traffic collisions daily, and all too often witness the death or life-changing injuries caused by distractions while driving.
“Collisions often occur as a result of distractions like driving too fast, mobile phones, and drink or drug driving, and we want to remind people, especially as Christmas approaches, not to take the risk of drink or drug driving.”
Police have urged anyone who suspects a driver is under the influence to contact police directly on 101 or 999 if they believe there is an immediate threat.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.