PEOPLE are being encouraged to report drivers who get behind the wheel while drunk this Christmas.
Derbyshire Police are launching a drink-drive campaign in a bid to crack down on motorists flouting the law during this year’s festive celebrations, and are calling on people to turn in drivers they know are breaking the law.
The force has teamed up with Crimestoppers which will be offering rewards of up to £1,000 throughout December for information leading to the arrest and charging of a drink-driver, with the size of the reward depending on the seriousness of the offence.
Police are hoping they will be able to follow last year’s success when more than 100 drivers across the county either produced a positive test, refused to take the test or failed to provide a sample, with some of those results due to information passed on by members of the public.
Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, head of roads policing in Derbyshire, said: “This time of year is one of celebration for many, including work parties and especially with family and friends. Our message is simple – if you are having a drink don’t drive.
“Our campaign is very much intelligence-led and working with Crimestoppers will allow us to target those who persistently drink and drive rather than conducting mass-testing.
“I would urge anyone with information about a drink-driver to contact police or Crimestoppers and we will act on it wherever possible.
“If you drink alcohol or take drugs before driving, we’ll catch up with you.
“We are determined to make our roads safer and this starts by removing those individuals who recklessly drink and drug-drive on our roads.”
To report a drink-driver, contact Derbyshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.