Greater Manchester Police arrested 449 motorists over the Christmas and New Year period as part of their ‘None for the Road’ drink and drug driving campaign.
From the 1 December 2016 to 1 January 2017 GMP traffic officers breathalysed over 2,400 motorists across Greater Manchester.
Of those breathalysed, 360 people were arrested for being over the legal drink drive limit. An additional 89 arrests were made for motorists who tested positive for illegal drug substances.
This compares to figures obtained during the same period in 2015/16, when there were 324 drink drivers and 80 drug drivers arrested, an overall increase of 11 percent.
Inspector Paul Rowe from the GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “Unfortunately, yet again we see a year on year rise in the number of people deciding to get behind the wheel while under the influence of either alcohol or drugs.
“449 motorists took the conscious decision to risk not only their license or career, but they also put their own life and more importantly the lives of innocent drivers and pedestrians in grave danger.
“Thankfully, due to the hard work performed by our traffic officers, they were arrested and taken off our roads before any serious damage could be done.
“Our Christmas and New Year’s operation may have ended but the public can rest assured that catching motorists under the influence of drink or drugs remains a top priority for Greater Manchester Police throughout the year.
“Again our message is clear, if you’re going to have a drink leave the car at home and arrange for alternative transport or simply have none for the road.”