Successful drink-driving initiative takes more than 250 dangerous drivers off Manchester roads

By Colin Rhodes

A whopping 252 motorists were arrested for drink-driving in June during Greater Manchester Police’s successful summer road safety initiative.

Police officers stopped 4,910 motorists during the nationwide campaign with 5% of those failing the test.

The initiative formed part of GMP’s Road Safety campaign ‘Dicing with Death’ after 75 people died on Manchester roads in 2011, an increase of 42% on the previous year.

Of the tests carried out, 550 were carried out after collisions and five people were found to be under the influence of drugs following roadside tests.

Inspector John Armfield, GMP’s lead on drink driving, said: “With the warmer weather and longer evenings there is the temptation for people to have one or two drinks outside after work and then drive home, but this is exactly the type of scenario that can lead to drink driving.

“Although this was a summer initiative, the advice to motorists is the same throughout the year – if you are having a drink, do not drive, and make alternative arrangements to get home, as that way you won’t endanger anyone’s life on the road.”

If you suspect someone of drinking and driving, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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