DRINK and drug drivers caught by GMP over the next two weeks will be 'named and shamed' on social media.

Police in Greater Manchester are joining a national campaign to hit back at the increasing problem of driving under the influence during the summer months.

The campaign runs from Monday June 24 until Monday July 8 with the aim of reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by irresponsible drink and drug drivers.

The first two days have led to nearly 20 people being named online and a similar campaign in December 2018 saw a total of 228 arrests made and 1,867 breath, drug and field impairment tests undertaken.

Chief inspector Harrison White said: “We do not tolerate anyone who is under the influence of drink or drugs while driving. They are not only a danger to themselves but, more importantly, to other innocent drivers or pedestrians using the road.

“The warmer weather and lighter nights can tempt people to stay out longer and have a drink but this is exactly the type of scenario that can lead to drink driving. If you do drink, please arrange alternative transport home to ensure you don’t affect anyone else’s night.

“Any amount of drink and drugs can impair your vision and dramatically reduce your reaction times. It only takes a second to lose control of your car but the consequences can last a lifetime. Don’t risk it, stay safe and have none while driving on the road.

“If you suspect anyone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, contact the police directly on 101 or 999 in an emergency where they pose an immediate threat to themselves or other road users. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Anyone convicted of drink or drug driving will face:

• A criminal record

• At least a one-year driving ban

• Higher motor insurance costs

• Endorsement on your driving licence for 11 years

• You could also lose your job