Festive campaign to tackle drink and drug driving launched

Date published: 01 December 2017

Drivers are being urged to have ‘none for the road’ over the Christmas period, as Greater Manchester Police launches this year’s operation to tackle drink and drug driving.

The operation will see officers target drivers who risk their own lives and the lives of others, with increased road checks planned around the clock throughout December.

Last year, almost 2,500 motorists were breathalysed as part of the operation in Greater Manchester, with more than 500 either returning positive test results for alcohol or drugs, or failing/refusing to take the test.

Chief Inspector Tariq Butt, who leads the GMP Traffic Unit, said: “People who drive under the influence of drink or drugs destroy families and ruin lives. Yet despite the warnings, motorists continue to take the risk and get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs.

“We want people to enjoy themselves during the festive season but ultimately to be responsible for their actions.

"Remember that you could still be over the limit the next morning. Do not take the risk.

"The message is clear, never drive under the influence of drink or drugs, always make it none for the road.” 

Motorists caught over the limit face at least a year’s driving ban, a criminal record and a fine of up to £5,000.

If you suspect anyone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, contact the police immediately on 101 or 999 if they pose an immediate threat to themselves or other road users. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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