Its to easy to grab the car keys or get a lift from a friend and share a car rather than wait around in the cold and get a taxi … But by leaving your keys behind could save a life this christmas and even get paid by Police as revellers are being offered up to £200 to report their friends who drink and drive this Christmas.
Police have announced the move in a crackdown on intoxicated drivers who get behind the wheel. Anyone who reports their friends will be rewarded up to £200 if they’re eventually charged and prosecuted.
Inspector Greg Jennings, of WMP, said:
It is the same story every year, people think it is acceptable to have a few drinks with their family or friends and then get behind the wheel. In many cases they wouldn’t dream of drink driving, or taking drugs, at other times of the year but they lose their common sense at Christmas We are now urging anyone who is aware of people breaking the law to pick up the phone and report selfish individuals.
People can make the call anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and, in cases where offenders are arrested and prosecuted, they could earn rewards of up to £200 – or they can phone police direct by dialling 101.
Inspector Sion Hathaway, of WMP, added:
The message is a simple one: drink driving kills and making a call could save a life. There are devastated families across the country who have had their loved go out and then not come home, all because of a driver who selfishly got behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs.
Many don’t even realise that they still pose a risk, and could be breaking the law, the morning after. We work with families who have been left devastated by one mindless act and our aim is to stop people before they harm themselves, or others.
Officers across the region will be on patrol morning and night to catch people who flout the law. Motorway cops will also be staging operations throughout the 450 miles of the Midlands networks to catch people who are prepared to take to the motorway when under the influence – including the morning after. This year will see officers stopping cars both randomly and based on information about vehicles believed to be used by drink drivers.
In 2012 almost 4,000 drivers were stopped and breath tested by West Midlands Police over the festive period with 338 people either failing the test or refusing to offer a specimen.
Insp Jennings added:
People providing us with information will directly influence our patrols and could well prevent a family experiencing tragedy this Christmas, as well as bringing people before the courts. The festive period is always the most significant time for such offences being committed. A mangled car wreck is shocking to see and should hopefully jolt people into thinking before they drive under the influence of drink.