Six arrested in World Cup drink-driving crackdown

Six arrested in World Cup drink-driving crackdown

Six arrested in World Cup drink-driving crackdown

First published in News Bury Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

POLICE officers have arrested six people in Bury in the first 18 days of a World Cup clampdown on drink and drug driving.

Greater Manchester Police’s summer operation has seen a 153 people arrested throughout Greater Manchester.

Officers have carried out 3,002 breath tests, and are warning the public the crackdown is set to continue.

More than 30 of the arrests followed collisions, and of the arrests, 24 drivers were aged under 25, although none of these was in Bury.

The operation was launched at the start of June with North West Ambulance Service, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service and Drivesafe.

A car wreckage from a fatal drink-drive collision was put on display in Manchester city centre to show the “horrific consequences” of driving under the influence.

Inspector Matt Bailey-Smith, from the police's ANPR intercept unit, said: “It is absolutely appalling that in 2014 we still have to remind people not to drink and drive, but as the latest arrest figures show, there are still far too many people prepared to put their life on the line for the sake of a drink.

"Whatever the excuse to drink, there is absolutely no excuse to drive."

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