Police catch more than 100 drink drivers in first two weeks of Christmas campaign
MORE than 100 people have been caught drink-driving during the first two weeks of a police Christmas campaign.
Greater Manchester Police have carried out 3,223 breath tests, which have resulted in 129 people being arrested across the county for testing positive or failing a breath test.
Nearly 100 of those were stopped at drink-drive check sites or while officers were on patrol. Two people were tested after a crash.
The arrests follow the launch of the None for the Road campaign, launched in partnership with DriveSafe and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service on December 1.
It involves events across the force area and highlights the dangers of taking the risk of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.
Insp Matt Bailey-Smith said: “The figures show that there are still far too many people risking their life for the sake of a drink.
“Our priority is to save lives and officers will continue to target people they suspect may be driving under the influence of drink or drugs, both on the way home from a night out and on the morning after.
"The message is simple — if you are having a drink then leave the car at home. Don’t ruin your Christmas, or somebody else’s because of something that could have been easily avoided.”
Bolton Council road safety officers have also been warning people of the dangers of getting behind the wheel after a drink by speaking to students at the University of Bolton and at schools throughout the borough. They have been educating young people at alcohol units.
Karen Delaney, from DriveSafe, said people can be tempted to drink and drive due to all of the socialising during the festive period.
But she warned people how difficult it is to calculate a “safe” level of drink.
She said: “It’s impossible to calculate a safe level to drink and then drive, so if you are the designated driver on a night out, you should always avoid drinking any alcohol.
“Alcohol takes a long time to work its way through your system, so we want to discourage people from driving the morning after and also refuse travel with anyone who has been drinking.”
Stuart Millington, from the fire service, said: “Everyone likes to celebrate during the festive period, but drinking and driving is a deadly mix.
“Our firefighters cut people out of vehicles every day and often they have life- changing injuries. Please don’t be one of them — don’t drink and drive.”
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