Greater Manchester Police Launch Operation Limit to Curb Drink and Drug Driving

The Greater Manchester Police actively participated in Operation Limit, a campaign targeting drunk and drug driving, with roadside checks and issuing offence reports. The initiative aims to enhance road safety in Greater Manchester by cracking down on violations and conducting breathalyzer tests.

In December, the Greater Manchester Police have actively participated in a nationwide initiative known as Operation Limit. Commencing on the 1st of December 2023 and concluding on the 1st of January 2024, this campaign aims to minimize fatalities and severe injuries caused by individuals who choose to operate vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Throughout Greater Manchester, officers have conducted roadside checks, which have already taken place and will persist during the Christmas and New Year seasons. Various operations have been implemented in locations like Bolton, Bury, Salford, Tameside, and Wigan, among others.

As part of the campaign, over 150 traffic offence reports have been issued to drivers. These offences encompass a wide range of violations, including using mobile devices while driving, not wearing seatbelts, speeding, and the hazardous combination of drunk or drug driving – commonly referred to as the ‘Fatal Four’.

Additionally, reports have been filed for vehicle defects. The police have seized four vehicles due to lack of insurance, and two cars have been taken off the road due to their inadequate condition, failing to meet the necessary standards for road travel.

To ensure road safety, officers have conducted breathalyzer tests on 14 individuals, all of which yielded negative results. Moreover, five drug wipes were administered, with three returning negative results and two testing positive. These two drivers were subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

Inspector Marie Eldred, a member of GMP’s Safer Transport Team, expressed her satisfaction with supporting Operation Limit. She stated, “We wholeheartedly endorse the National campaign and are committed to its implementation throughout December. Our zero-tolerance approach to drink and drug driving is evident through the proactive use of breathalyzers and drug wipes, providing immediate results at roadside checks.”

Inspector Eldred further emphasized that these operations will continue beyond the festive season and into the New Year, as the Greater Manchester Police persist in their mission to enhance road safety for all residents and visitors alike.


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