Wigan one of worst drug driving hotspots

Drink/drug testing has ben a huge success
Drink/drug testing has ben a huge success

WIGAN has been named one of the worst drug driving hotspots in the country.

The borough has been ranked joint eighth in terms of most people being banned for driving under the influence of illegal substances with 11 bans from 2011 and 2015.

The league table specifically pin points WN2 as the offending area, which covers Abram, Aspull, Bamfurlong, Bickershaw, Haigh, Hindley, Hindley Green, Ince, Platt Bridge and Wigan.

At the end of last year, a Wigan man was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving after a road smash that left a pedestrian seriously injured.

Liam Weigh, 26, of Warrington Road, Abram, was arrested after the collision on Bolton Road, Ashton, on November 29. He is on police bail pending a first appearance before Wigan Magistrates’ Court on February 3. Greater Manchester Police have recently cracked down on motorists taking illicit substances.

Officers arrested 324 drink-drivers and 80 drug-drivers between December 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016.

The number of people arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs almost doubled, which officers attribute to the introduction of new legislation and roadside drug testing kits that enable officers to check for cannabis and cocaine using a swab of saliva. Insp Susan Redfern from the Road Policing Unit said: “It’s disappointing that there are so many people putting lives at risk by choosing to drive with drugs or alcohol in their system.

“That decision has potentially cost them their licence, career and self-respect.

“Catching drink and drug drivers remains a priority for us and officers will continue to test motorists they suspect are causing danger on the roads.”

To report a drink or drug driver contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, an independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555111