Greater Manchester Police’s summer anti drink-driving campaign ‘None for the Road’ has resulted in the arrest 264 people.
The month-long crackdown coincided with the World Cup, and consisted of the deployment of a range of publicity materials in pubs around the city, as well as a social media campaign. It saw more than 6,000 motorists being breathalysed, following an increase in patrols specifically targeting drink-driving.
Speaking of the operation, Inspector Matt Bailey-Smith said: “The World Cup and warm weather do not give people an excuse to drink-drive, and although our operation may be over, drink driving continues to be a priority and remains firmly on our agenda.
“We all have a role to play in making our roads safer and I’d urge anybody who knows a drink driver to tell us about them before they ruin their life - or worse still, somebody else’s.”
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Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “It’s fantastic to see a fall in the number of people testing positive for drink-driving across Greater Manchester.
“Our crews deal with the devastating consequences of drink driving every day – there is no doubt in our minds how deadly drink-driving is.”
The busiest night for arrests was Saturday June 14, the night of England’s first fixture in the tournament against Italy.