MORE than 640 breath tests have been conducted across the region over 14 days of Greater Manchester Police's drink and drug drive campaign

The summer drink and drug drive campaign has been described by officers as successful in the responses and engagement received from the public as well as the number of arrests and charges made.

Over the course of two weeks, officers arrested 140 drivers and charged a total of 78.

Many are still awaiting their court date with the heaviest penalty a 12-week custodial sentence given to a man during the campaign.

Other results include:

• 693 people are undergoing some form of preliminary test

• 646 breath tests were conducted (this is an average of over 46 breath tests per day)

• 91 of those tests proved positive or were from people refusing to provide

• 114 drug tests were conducted

• 50 of those tests were positive or refused to provide

The total number of breath tests conducted throughout 2018 was 10,566, which was a 28 per cent increase from those conducted in 2017. During 2018 there was also a 51 per cent increase in the number of positive or refused tests with a total of 2,216.

This highlights the continued focus on drink drivers by GMP, helped in part by the improved distribution of equipment that can detect drivers at the roadside. GMP is also participating in the trials of Roadside Evidential Breath Testing Equipment, which we hope to see approved and brought into operational use from 2020.

Chief Inspector Harrison White said: “This may be the end of our campaign to highlight the number of drink and drug drive offences on the road, but this is not the end of our work. My officers will continue to tackle dangerous drivers to improve the safety for other road users in an effort to reduce the number of collisions caused by irresponsible drivers.

“Hopefully the campaign has highlighted the detrimental effects drink and drug driving can have on people’s lives, as well as the actions we take to make sure those offenders are dealt with as necessary.

“My message remains unchanged for anyone who is thinking of driving after having a drink, don’t do it. There is no place for drink or drugs on the road and we will continue to lookout for those who do not follow this rule.”