Festive campaign rewards those who name drink-drivers - with poll
POLICE in Derbyshire are asking people to report drink-drivers during the festive period.
Inspector Steve Wilson, head of roads policing, said people should call the cops if they know a motorist has got behind the wheel after a festive tipple.
Derbyshire Constabulary has teamed up with Crimestoppers for its drink-drive campaign, which runs from tomorrow until New Year's Day.
Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and charge of a drink-driver. Insp Wilson said the size of the reward depended on the nature and seriousness of the offence.
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He said: "This time of year is one of celebration for many. Our message is simple – if you are having a drink, don't drive.
"Our campaign is very much intelligence-led and, by working with Crimestoppers, it 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.
"We are determined to make our roads safer and this starts by removing those individuals who recklessly drive while under the influence of drink or drugs."
During the 2011 campaign, officers conducted 895 breath tests. Of those, 104 – or 11.6% – either gave a positive test, refused to take one or the driver failed to provide a sample.
Police received ten pieces of information from Crimestoppers about drink-drivers through last year's campaign and several people contacted police directly to pass on details of drivers they believed were drinking before getting behind the wheel.
Last year, 280 people were killed and 1,290 were seriously injured in drink-driving related incidents across the country.
To report a drink-driver, contact police on 101 or report it anonymously to Crimestoppers.
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