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Christmas Drinking Driving Figures Released

Mixed figures from stopped motorists

Published on January 8th 2013.


Christmas Drinking Driving Figures Released

GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE (GMP) arrested 51 more motorists during this year’s Christmas Drink Drive campaign than in December 2011, despite carrying out fewer breath tests. 

Of those arrested, 78 were involved in collisions, which is the same number as last year, and six people were arrested for drug driving following roadside impairment tests, which is down by 28 compared to December 2011. 

The figure shows that the tactic of using intelligence to target suspected offenders has worked. 

During the crackdown, which ran from 1 December 2012 – 1 January 2013, officers across the region carried out 11,230 breath tests which saw 464 people arrested for drink driving.  

This means that 4.1 per cent of drivers breathalysed tested positive, which is up from 3.5 per cent last year. 

Of those arrested, 78 were involved in collisions, which is the same number as last year, and six people were arrested for drug driving following roadside impairment tests, which is down by 28 compared to December 2011. 

The work formed part of GMP’s road safety campaign, Dicing with Death, which was set up after 75 people lost their lives on the roads of Greater Manchester in 2011, a 42 per cent increase on the previous year. 

The campaign is helping to reduce deaths so far, with 22 fewer victims between 1 February and 31 October 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, a drop of 38 per cent. 

The drink drive crackdown also formed part of Operation Advent, which was GMP’s response to tackling the potential spikes in crime in the run up to Christmas.

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Duke FameJanuary 8th 2013.

Who said there was no growth? a well done to everyone concerned.

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