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GMFRS launch festive drink drive campaign

Borough: All

Incident Date: 27 November 2014

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NONE for the road is the message this festive season for drivers in Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) launched their annual campaign on drink driving ahead of the Christmas period.

The launch which took place at intu Trafford Centre on Thursday, November 27, 2014 looked at raising the awareness of drinking whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.

Figures for the first half of this year show there have been over 70 collisions involving alcohol.

Passers-by were invited to take part in driving the GMFRS driving simulator whilst wearing beer goggles to feel the effects of driving whilst impaired.

Director of Prevention and Protection, Assistant County Fire Officer Peter O’Reilly, said: “We know people enjoy celebrating during the festive period, but drinking and driving is something that can result in devastating consequences.

“Our firefighters attend more and more serious road traffic collisions and cut people out of vehicles every day. 

“You can’t calculate your alcohol limit, so don’t try. Please don’t drink and drive.”

Greater Manchester Police will be running a month-long operation throughout December which will see officers breathalysing drivers around the clock, including the morning after.

If you suspect anyone of driving under the influence of drink or drugs contact the police directly on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:37
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