DRIVERS in Oldham are being urged to have "None for the Road" over the festive period as Greater Manchester Police launches this year's operation to tackle drink and drug driving.

The annual campaign, launched on Friday, aims to remind drivers of the devastating consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and show commitment to tackling the issue during a peak time.

The operation will see officers target drivers who risk their own lives and the lives of others, with increased road checks planned around the clock throughout December.

Last year, almost 2500 motorists were breathalysed as part of the operation in Greater Manchester, with more than 500 either returning positive test results for alcohol or drugs, or failing/refusing to take the test.

Chief Inspector Tariq Butt, who leads GMP’s Traffic Unit, said: “People who drive under the influence of drink or drugs destroy families and ruin lives. Yet despite the warnings, motorists continue to take the risk and get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs.

“We want people to enjoy themselves during the festive season but ultimately to be responsible for their actions. Remember, too, that you could still be over the limit the next morning. Don’t take the risk. The message is clear; never drive under the influence of drink or drugs – always make it none for the road.”

Motorists caught over the limit face at least a year’s driving ban, criminal record and a fine of up to £5000.

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Beverley Hughes said: “Drink and drug driving is never worth the risk - the consequences of it could see your life and the lives of others changed forever.

“Don’t ruin anybody’s festive season by making a thoughtless and irresponsible decision – stay safe this winter.”

If you suspect anyone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, contact the police immediately on 101 or 999 if they pose an immediate threat to themselves or other road users. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.