100 drink drivers arrested already

None for the Road: Police will breathalyse drivers at night and in the morning
None for the Road: Police will breathalyse drivers at night and in the morning

MORE than 100 people have already been arrested for drink driving in the first two weeks of the police’s festive crackdown.

Figures just released by Greater Manchester Police reveal between December 1 and 16 officers have breathalysed almost 3,000 motorists and 117 of those blew positive.

Thirty-nine of those arrested were breathalysed following a collision.

GMP joined forces with emergency services and Drivesafe at the end of last month to launch ‘None for the Road’.

Officers have been conducting breath tests around the clock and are set to continue throughout the festive season.

They are particularly keen to warn drivers not to drive the morning after the night before - especially tomorrow if you have been out celebrating Mad Friday.

Inspector Matt Bailey-Smith from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “The dangers of drink driving are well documented yet more than 100 people have chosen to ignore this advice and make a very selfish decision to get behind the wheel after a drink.

“It’s impossible to guess a ‘safe’ amount to drink if driving, which is why we advise avoiding alcohol altogether and having ‘none for the road’.

“Christmas is a time for family and friends and the last thing they want to deal with at this time of year is the loss of somebody they love because of something that could have been so easily avoided.”

The figures have been released as new rearch shows one in 10 admit to knowingly drinking too much at a Christmas party and then driving.

Also nearly one in 10 people admitted to having a couple of drinks at a Christmas lunch with family or friends, forgetting they’ve got to drive somewhere later in the day.

Men are more likely than women to knowingly drink too much at Christmas and then get behind the wheel, with 16% admitting this compared to just 8% of women

Follow @gmpolice on today from 4pm as they tweet live from their Mad Friday drink drive patrols.

To report a drink driver contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In an emergency where a drink driver poses a threat to others, dial 999.