Annual drink-drive campaign launched

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High Peak residents are being asked to report drivers they know have got behind the wheel after a festive tipple as part of Derbyshire police’s annual Christmas drink drive campaign.

The force is again working with Crimestoppers for the campaign, which runs until January 1.

Crimestoppers has offered a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and charge of a drink-driver.

Posters will be displayed in pubs and clubs asking people to report anyone they see getting behind the wheel after drinking.

During last year’s campaign, officers conducted 391 breath tests and of those 79 (almost 20 per cent) gave a positive test, the driver refused to take the test or the driver failed to provide a sample.

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.

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