Drink Driving: 252 Arrests In Greater Manchester

5 August 2013, 11:30

252 people have been arrested for failing a breath test during Greater Manchester Police's summer drink-drive campaign.

Throughout June officers carried out 4, 910 roadside tests, 550 of whom took place after crashes.

Five people were also found to be under the influence of drugs.

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.

"Words cannot describe the enormous impact on families who lose loved ones through drink or drug driving, and we will continue to do all we can to bring down the number of casualties."

People should report drink drivers by calling 999 in an emergency. If it is not an emergency, but you suspect someone of doing this, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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