£1k price on drink-drivers

DERBYSHIRE Police are asking High Peak residents to report drivers they know have got behind the wheel after a festive tipple as part of their annual Christmas drink-drive campaign.

The force has again teamed up with Crimestoppers for the campaign, which runs until January 1, with the charity offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and charge of a drink-driver.

During last year’s campaign, officers conducted 895 breath tests, with 104 people giving a positive test, refusing to take the test or failing to provide a sample. Police received ten pieces of information from Crimestoppers about drink-drivers and several people contacted them directly with details of drivers they believed were drink driving.

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 by working with Crimestoppers it will allow us to target those who persistently drink and drive rather than conducting mass-testing.

“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.”

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 call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.