More than 300 arrested for drink driving over Christmas and new year

Police breathalysing a driver

Police breathalysing a driver

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MORE than 300 people were arrested for driving while under the influence of drink or drugs in Greater Manchester over Christmas and new year.

Police breathalysed 7,987 drivers between December 1, 2013, and New Year’s Day as part of their annual drink drive campaign.

The 319 people arrested equates to 3.9 per cent of those stopped returning positive breath tests, which is down from 4.1 per cent last year.

A total of 72 people tested positive following a collision while 247 were caught by officers at roadside check sites or while out on patrol.

Police launched the None for the Road campaign ahead of the festive period alongside DriveSafe and Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service (GMFRS).

Inspector Matt Bailey-Smith, responsible for the festive drink-drive campaign, said: “It is reassuring to see that there are fewer people putting lives in danger by drink driving but there is still a lot of work to do.

“319 people still thought it was acceptable to get behind the wheel after having a drink and it’s this kind of behaviour that leads to deaths on our roads.

“Drinking and driving is a deadly mix and although the festive operation may have concluded, our fight is far from over.”

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service group manager, Stuart Millington, said: “We’re delighted the campaign has been so successful.

“Firefighters now rescue more people from car crashes than they do from fires. Drinking and driving is a recipe for disaster and all too often we are there to pick up the pieces.”

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1:09pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Wasn't there a report just before Christmas that stated that the figures for drink driving in Bolton were down?

I guess that stat is now history?
Wasn't there a report just before Christmas that stated that the figures for drink driving in Bolton were down? I guess that stat is now history? Beyond News Forum
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1:22pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Count de Monet says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Wasn't there a report just before Christmas that stated that the figures for drink driving in Bolton were down?

I guess that stat is now history?
No!

''The 319 people arrested arrested equates to 3.9 per cent of the those stoppped returning positive breath tests, which is down from 4.1 per cent last year.''
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Wasn't there a report just before Christmas that stated that the figures for drink driving in Bolton were down? I guess that stat is now history?[/p][/quote]No! ''The 319 people arrested arrested equates to 3.9 per cent of the those stoppped returning positive breath tests, which is down from 4.1 per cent last year.'' Count de Monet
  • Score: 3

1:26pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Bat E Karen says...

It's still too many for these days. It's easier not to drink at all when you're driving - rather than risk going over the limit.
It's still too many for these days. It's easier not to drink at all when you're driving - rather than risk going over the limit. Bat E Karen
  • Score: 8

3:56pm Tue 14 Jan 14

NOTnewsworthy says...

Count de Monet wrote:
Beyond News Forum wrote:
Wasn't there a report just before Christmas that stated that the figures for drink driving in Bolton were down?

I guess that stat is now history?
No!

''The 319 people arrested arrested equates to 3.9 per cent of the those stoppped returning positive breath tests, which is down from 4.1 per cent last year.''
Yes it is history, and still true. Beyond News mustn't have learnt to read Beyond the second paragraph.....
[quote][p][bold]Count de Monet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Wasn't there a report just before Christmas that stated that the figures for drink driving in Bolton were down? I guess that stat is now history?[/p][/quote]No! ''The 319 people arrested arrested equates to 3.9 per cent of the those stoppped returning positive breath tests, which is down from 4.1 per cent last year.''[/p][/quote]Yes it is history, and still true. Beyond News mustn't have learnt to read Beyond the second paragraph..... NOTnewsworthy
  • Score: 3

4:23pm Tue 14 Jan 14

I, Ludicrous says...

Be interesting to learn how many people that blew positive did so 'the morning after'.
Be interesting to learn how many people that blew positive did so 'the morning after'. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 3

5:06pm Tue 14 Jan 14

brian jones says...

It's the number convicted that is important, not how many were arrested.
It's the number convicted that is important, not how many were arrested. brian jones
  • Score: 3

12:04pm Wed 15 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

We should have a ZERO alcohol limit for motorists. It's no use saying a legal limit of 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of blood is a good idea, because people have no idea how much alcohol they can drink that will push them over that limit.

If the law states a big fat zero is the limit, then there is absolutely no defence from anyone who gets caught. Anyone caught should have an automatic 3 years ban, six months in clink and a £5,000 fine, and that's only for a first offence.

Harsh? Not at all considering the multitude of possible consequences.

We are wayyyyyyyyyyy toooooooooooooooooo lenient in this country in sentencing. Not many crimes are punished harshly enough, so those who commit the crimes know that the punishment isn't really a hard pill to swallow.
We should have a ZERO alcohol limit for motorists. It's no use saying a legal limit of 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of blood is a good idea, because people have no idea how much alcohol they can drink that will push them over that limit. If the law states a big fat zero is the limit, then there is absolutely no defence from anyone who gets caught. Anyone caught should have an automatic 3 years ban, six months in clink and a £5,000 fine, and that's only for a first offence. Harsh? Not at all considering the multitude of possible consequences. We are wayyyyyyyyyyy toooooooooooooooooo lenient in this country in sentencing. Not many crimes are punished harshly enough, so those who commit the crimes know that the punishment isn't really a hard pill to swallow. wsw69
  • Score: 2

2:25pm Wed 15 Jan 14

goldie47 says...

name and shame every one of them
name and shame every one of them goldie47
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