Greater Manchester Police (GMP) say they arrested 324 people for drink driving and 80 for drug driving during their recent Christmas campaign.
This compares to 273 for drink driving and 44 for drug driving during the same period last year, an increase of 21%.
The number arrested for drug driving has almost doubled, almost certainly due to the introduction of new roadside testing kits that enable police to check for cannabis and cocaine. immediately.
GMP cover a number of towns and cities, including Manchester, Bury, Bolton, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham and Ashton.
By contrast, Northamptonshire Police, who cover towns including Northampton, Corby and Kettering, have reported only a slight increase in the number of drink-drive arrests over Christmas.
Northants police say that 78 people were arrested in the county over the festive period – just two more than in December 2014.
During the December campaign, some drivers also faced drug testing and a total of 10 people were arrested on suspicion of drug driving.
Police forces throughout the country conducted similar campaigns. Drivers who were charged will now be appearing in Magistrates’ Courts up and down the country.
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