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275 Caught in Drink and Drug Driving Nets

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) arrested 275 motorists during this year’s summer drink and drug drive operation.

More than 800 motorists were stopped as part of a month-long crackdown in June (with figures just released) and 275 were arrested for driving under the influence of drink or drugs, compared to 238 last year.

Two hundred and twenty nine were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, while 29 were arrested for drug driving. In addition, 17 were arrested under section 4 (failure to provide).

Of all those arrested, 69 tested positive following a collision.

 

None for the Road

Police launched their ‘None for the Road’ campaign at the beginning of June, which coincided with the warmer weather and Euros, which police expected would bring more of a temptation to drive under the influence.

New kits and legislations were introduced last year making it quicker and easier than ever to catch drug drivers. Using a swab of saliva, officers can test at the roadside for cannabis or cocaine.

Inspector Susan Redfern from GMP’s Road Policing Unit said: “Our figures show a 15 per cent increase of drivers getting behind the wheel with drugs and alcohol in their system.

“The consequences of drink and drug driving have been well advertised but as the figures from our summer operation show, there are still far too many people ignoring advice and putting lives at risk.”

Picture: Manchester police officers were having it large in June as they stopped 800 on suspicion of drink or drugs driving

 

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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