GMP Inspector slams 'unacceptable' drink and drug driving figures

Date published: 31 December 2018

Fifty-four people were arrested for drink driving and four for drug driving across Greater Manchester as part of GMP’s ‘None for the Road’ Christmas crackdown during a shocking 72-hour period.

GMP’s ‘None for the Road’ campaign was launched two weeks early due a large number of deaths and injuries on Greater Manchester’s roads, but it seems that some people have still not got the message.

The campaign highlights the devastating consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Inspector Harrison White from GMP’s Road Policing Unit said: “These figures are startling, particularly when you consider that last year 149 people were arrested for the same offences in the first 16 days of December.

"To see this many people arrested for drink and drug driving in one weekend is unacceptable.

“These drink and drug drivers are not only putting their own lives at risk but those of other members of the public.

“Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs can significantly impair your reaction times which can have catastrophic consequences.

"It only takes a second to lose control of your car which can have a long-term devastating impact not only on your life, but the lives of others.

“Our messages over the festive period and throughout the year is simple – don’t risk it, the only way to stay safe is to have none for the road.

“We want everyone to enjoy the festive period in a safe and responsible way, so make sure you are planning ahead.

“Have a designated driver who is not drinking, know your route home on public transport or have the number of a taxi saved and consider the morning after that you could still be over the limit.

"The last thing anyone wants is to not be around for their loved ones.

“If you suspect anyone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, contacted the police directly on 101 or 999 in an emergency where 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 operation by following @gmptraffic on Twitter and using the hashtags #Nonefortheroad and #GMPChristmas

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