Cheshire’s worst drink drive spot revealed
Cheshire Police caught more people drink driving in Macclesfield than any other part of Cheshire over the Christmas period.
Out of 148 drink driving arrests made, 32 were arrested in Macclesfield with a further 27 arrests in Warrington and 25 in Crewe.
Out of the 86 motorists in the same period arrested for driving with drugs in their system, 16 were in Macclesfield.
Councillor Laura Jeuda, who represents Macclesfield South, said:
“It seems that drivers are taking risk because there aren’t the police to pick them up because there are fewer police on the roads and on the streets.
“Also Macclesfield is more spread out than Crewe. For example in my ward, on the Moss Estate, there is just one pub I think and people are travelling to pubs. Another issue is that you have cheap alcohol, with people pre-loading before they go out.”
Macclesfield MP David Rutley added: “There is simply no excuse for drink or drug driving. Any driver that does this should be aware that they are putting others’ lives at risk, whether pedestrians or road users, as well as their own.
“I would like to thank Cheshire Constabulary for its ongoing commitment to tackling drink and drug driving, and reiterate its message that if drivers are behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs they will be caught and face the consequences. It is vital that this message is heard loud and clear.”
The figures show a reduction from the previous year when 156 people were arrested for drink driving and 111 were caught with drugs in their system.
Police say all of those convicted are now likely to face driving bans and large fines.
Superintendent Paul Beauchamp from Cheshire Police said: “The consequences of drink and drug driving can be devastating, not only for the driver of the vehicle but their families and innocent members of the public. The message is clear, if you drive while under the influence of drink or drugs in Cheshire, you will be caught.”