People concerned about drink and drug driving offenders during the Christmas party season are being urged to share information with Crimestoppers anonymously.
As the festive season draws closer, more and more people will be indulging in celebratory drinks and the charity wants to remind party goers of the dangers involved in driving after consuming alcohol or drugs.
Whilst callers concerned about drink/drug drivers can call the police, some hesitate to get involved, perhaps fearing retribution, which is where Crimestoppers steps in, allowing people the opportunity to share their concerns without providing their details.
Over the past 12 months more than 60 calls have been received by Crimestoppers about potential drink or drug driving offences in this area, some of which resulted in stop checks by police officers and a number resulting in people providing positive breathalyser tests.
Calls to Crimestoppers have included concerns about people leaving pubs and parties after drinking, arriving at work smelling of alcohol and even worries about drivers of taxis, buses and lorries being intoxicated while working.
Frank Duffield, Chairman of the Humberside Crimestoppers Board said: “Whilst people know the risks involved with drinking or taking drugs and then driving, not everyone is comfortable about informing the authorities if they suspect someone of doing it. However, if you saw someone leaving a pub who was drunk and intending to drive home and you later found out they had been in a collision and seriously injured either themselves or somebody else, how would you feel?
“Ringing Crimestoppers allows people to act responsibly by sharing information but at the same time keeping their anonymity.
“Crimestoppers wants you to tell us what you know, not who you are and you might just help save a life.”
Matthew Grove, Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside, said: “Crimestoppers has my absolute backing in its campaign to stop drink drivers. I have pledged to work hard to keep communities safe and that includes protecting people from drivers who decide to get behind the wheel when they have been drinking or taking drugs.”
The sort of information required by Crimestoppers to assist the police in tackling offenders includes driver and vehicle details and times and locations where they are driving. The more specific the information, the better able the police are to identify and locate the offenders.
Anyone who suspects someone of drink or drug driving this Christmas or at any other time of the year should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or complete the secure online reporting form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.