Greater Manchester Police are hoping to remind drivers of the dangers of drink-driving, and show their commitment to tackling the issue as they launch their “None for the Road” campaign in the region during the festive period, one of the busiest times for police officers.
Last year nearly 2,500 drivers were tested during the operation, with more than 500 of them returning positive tests, or failing or refusing to take the test.
Chief Inspector Tariq Butt, head of GMP’s traffic unit said: “People who drive under the influence of drink or drugs destroy families and ruin lives. Yet despite the warnings, motorists continue to take the risk and get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs.
“We want people to enjoy themselves during the festive season but ultimately to be responsible for their actions. Remember, too, that you could still be over the limit the next morning. Don’t take the risk. The message is clear; never drive under the influence of drink or drugs – always make it none for the road.”
With their officers often called out to assist in drink-drive related incidents, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have backed the scheme, echoing GMP’s sentiments and urging those people out for drinks during the Christmas period to plan ahead for getting lifts home.
Group manager for GMFRS in Salford and Trafford Ben Levy said: “The fire and rescue service is called to far too many incidents where alcohol or drugs have been consumed by drivers before getting behind the wheel. Please celebrate safely this Christmas by having a designated driver who doesn’t drink any alcohol, or by booking a taxi before going out.
“Even a small amount of alcohol can impair your judgement and turn your night out into a nightmare in a split second. If you are a passenger, remember to leave the driver to concentrate on the road and get you home safely.”
A conviction for drink or drug-driving can lead to a criminal record, a minimum ban from the roads of 12 months, and a fine of up to £5000.
Beverly Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said: “Drink and drug driving is never worth the risk – the consequences of it could see your life and the lives of others changed forever.
“Don’t ruin anybody’s festive season by making a thoughtless and irresponsible decision – stay safe this winter.”
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