Warning for drink and drug drivers

Police are ramping up the fight against drink and drug drivers as part of a month-long operation.

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The initiative coincides with the warmer weather and Euros, which police expect will bring with it more temptation to drive under the influence.

The operation starts today (1 June 2016) and will continue throughout June.

New kit and legislation were introduced last year making it quicker and easier than ever to catch drug drivers.

Using a swab of saliva, officers can test at the roadside for cannabis or cocaine.

Inspector Susan Redfern from GMP’s Road Policing Unit said: “It’s easier than ever for us to bring drug drivers to justice. If you’re taking the risk; it’s only a matter of time before you get caught.

“Drink and drug driving ruins lives and we want your summer to be memorable for the right reasons. Don’t ruin it with a conviction or, worse still, serious injury or death.

“Please stick to ‘none for the road’ if you’re driving. If you’re under the influence, arrange alternative transport home or nominate a designated driver.”

To report a drink driver please call 101 or 999 if they pose an immediate threat to themselves or others.

Join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #nonefortheroad

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