MOTORISTS under the influence of drink and drugs will be caught say police as their annual festive clamp down begins.
Throughout December high profile police activity will take place across the borough and on motorways including checkpoints at key locations where officers will administer drink and drugs tests.
Last year’s campaign saw more than 11,230 drivers breathalysed with 464 testing positive or refusing to take a test. Across the region, alcohol was the factor behind 336 collisions. Five people lost their lives, 66 were seriously injured and 265 received slight injuries.
Insp Matt Bailey-Smith from GMP’s Serious Collision Unit said: “The only safe amount to drink is nothing at all. It really isn’t worth risking your life or that of others for the sake of a pint. We are out day in, day out tackling this problem but at Christmas we see more drink-drivers than at any other time of the year.
“The consequences of drink driving are catastrophic and no police officer wants to be knocking on a door during the festive period to tell them their loved one has died.
“If you are having a drink, don’t drive. Either ensure that someone in your group remains sober and acts as designated driver or take public transport – that way everyone is sure to get home safely.
“Bear in mind also that you could still be over the limit the following morning. You might feel fine, but you could still have alcohol in your system that could impair your driving.”
Group manager Stuart Millington from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service now rescues more people trapped in vehicles after crashes than from fires.
“Everyone likes to celebrate during the festive period, but drinking and driving is a deadly mix which can have devastating consequences.
“Our firefighters cut people out of vehicles every day and often they have life-changing injuries. Please don’t be one of them – don’t drink and drive.”
The North West motorway police will also be enforcing the campaign across the region.
To keep up-to-date with the drink-drive campaign, follow @GMPolice, @DriveSafeGM and @ManchesterFire and follow the hashtag #NoneForTheRoad
If you see somebody drink-driving please call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.