More Than 230 Arrests Made In Drink And Drug Driving Crackdown

More than 230 people have been arrested for drink and drug driving offences as part of a month-long crackdown by Greater Manchester Police.

During the operation, police breathalysed 2,805 drivers, with 170 testing positive and were arrested. Officers also test 93 motorists at the roadside for drugs and 68 of them tested positive for cannabis, cocaine or in some instances both.

The summer drink and drug-drive operation took place in June and was the first of its kind since the introduction of new drug drive legislation in March, which placed legal limits on illegal and medicinal drugs.

Inspector Susan Redfern, who coordinated this year’s summer operation said: "The consequences of drink and drug driving have been well advertised but as the figures from our summer operation show, there are still far too many people ignoring advice and putting lives at risk.

"New legislation and roadside drug testing kits are have made it even easier for officers to bring motorists to justice and we will continue to make every use of it in an attempt to make our roads safer.

"Although our summer operation may be over, our work does not stop here. Stick to none for the road and if you know somebody that drink or drug drives, please let us know before they kill themselves or someone else."


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