Be warned - it's 'none for the road'
Date published: 15 June 2018
Pictured (left to right): Ben Levy, GMFRS Group Manager and Sergeant John Brennan, GMP Road Policing Unit
Greater Manchester Police is ramping up the fight against drink and drug drivers and warning they are more equipped than ever to catch them, as they launch their latest ‘none for the road’ operation today (Friday).
Running until Sunday, July 15, the initiative will see increased patrols and road checks during a period of warmer weather and the football World Cup, which police say usually sees an increase in people driving under the influence.
Officers will continue to encourage abstinence rather than restraint reinforcing the ‘none for the road’ message in relation to both drugs and alcohol – the introduction of a drug testing device in 2015 now makes it even easier for police to determine if motorists are over the limit at the roadside.
Last summer 722 motorists were breathalysed across Greater Manchester during a month long operation with more than 225 - almost a third of drivers tested - returning positive results for alcohol or drugs or failing/refusing to take the test.
Inspector Harrison White from GMP’s Road Policing Unit said: “The consequences of drink and drug driving have been well publicised, but there are still far too many people ignoring advice and putting lives at risk. Our message to motorists this summer is the same as throughout the year – make it ‘none for the road’.
“The warmer weather and longer evenings, combined with a football world cup, can increase the temptation for people to have one or two drinks outside after work or during the match and then drive home – this is exactly the type of scenario that we are looking to avoid.
“It’s important that everyone gets the message loud and clear. We will not tolerate drink or drug driving, regardless of the circumstances or time of year.
"Our officers will be out around the clock and this operation does not stop at the final whistle.”
Motorists caught drink or drug driving could face a driving ban, a criminal record and a fine of up to £5000.
However, the real cost is the life changing injury or devastating loss of life that occurs due to the thoughtless and reckless actions of the driver.
If you suspect anyone of 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.
Keep up-to-date with this year’s campaign by following @gmptraffic on Twitter and join in the conversation using the hashtag #nonefortheroad