21 October 2018   |  Last Updated 18-12-2014 10:55

      Thursday 18, December 2014

      Police make over 100 arrests during Christmas operation

      POLICE have arrested more than 100 people in the first two weeks of this year’s Christmas drink and drug drive operation.


      Between 1 and 16 December 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.


      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.”


      Greater Manchester Police will be live tweeting via @gmpolice on Mad Friday (19 December 2014) from 4pm on their drink driving patrol.

      By Dan McLaughlin