More than 100 arrested in drink drive clampdown

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

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.

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.”

Follow @gmpolice on ‘Mad Friday’ (19 December 2014) from 4pm as they tweet live from a drink drive patrol.

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.