POLICE tested over 600 people and made an average of 10 arrests a day during a two-week crackdown on drink and drug drivers.

As well as renewing efforts to catch offenders, officers released the names of each person they charged on social media, with a total of 78 people 'named and shamed' throughout the operation.

GMP chief inspector Harrison White said he hoped the campaign, titled None for the Road, would make a lasting impact on stopping drink and drug driving.

He said: "My message remains unchanged. For anyone who is thinking of driving after having a drink, don’t do it.

"There is no place for drink or drugs on the road and we will continue to look out for those who do not follow this rule."

Over the course of two weeks, police conducted 646 breath tests and 114 drugs test, with 141 people proving positive or refusing to provide a sample.

The total number of breath tests conducted last year was 10,500, which was a 28 percent increase from those conducted in 2017. During 2018 there was also a 51 percent jump in the number of positive or refused tests.

Police say this highlights their continued focus on drink drivers, helped in part by the improved distribution of equipment that can detect drivers at the roadside.

GMP is also participating in the trials of Roadside Evidential Breath Testing Equipment, which it is hoped will be in use from 2020.

“This may be the end of our campaign to highlight the number of drink and drug drive offences on the road, but this is not the end of our work," Chief Insp White added.

"My officers will continue to tackle dangerous drivers to improve the safety for other road users in an effort to reduce the number of collisions caused by irresponsible drivers.

“Hopefully the campaign has highlighted the detrimental effects drink and drug driving can have on people’s lives, as well as the actions we take to make sure those offenders are dealt with as necessary."