Crimestoppers is urging Eastbourne people to report drink drivers as the festive season gets underway.
In the past year the independent crime-fighting charity received just under 6,000 calls about drink drivers across the UK. As a result 1,226 positive actions were taken by police and 244 individuals were arrested and charged.
Last year in Sussex 178 calls were received about drink driving and it was the second most reported crime type there and nationally to Crimestoppers behind drugs offences.
Many people may see their friends, family, work colleagues or neighbours regularly drink driving but do not want to go to the police because they fear the consequences of being identified.
By contacting Crimestoppers you will remain completely anonymous. Calls cannot be tracked through the 0800 555 111 phone line and information passed through the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org is not traceable.
Now, in the lead up to Christmas, and following on from the Surrey and Sussex Police joint campaign launched last week, the charity is urging anyone who has information about regular drink drivers to get in contact.
Roger Critchell, director of operations for Crimestoppers, said, “Too many people lost their lives last year due to drink drive incidents. But, there are still people out there who regularly drink drive and refuse to change their behaviour.
“We want to make the roads a safer place for everyone and we would urge you to give information to Crimestoppers anonymously about anyone who is regularly drink driving.
“Crimestoppers never asks for your name or personal details, we cannot trace calls or track information given online and we do not record our calls.
“You will not have to give a statement to police or go to court. We don’t want to know who you are, just what you know.
“By taking action you could be helping to save a life – whether it’s the driver or an innocent victim.”
Suzette Davenport, ACPO National Roads Policing Lead, said, “Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is a criminal offence and our officers are on the lookout for those who break the law all year round, but with a special emphasis on the month of December.”
If you have any information on those who regularly drink drive you can contact the charity Crimestoppers.
If you see someone attempting to operate a vehicle whilst intoxicated please call 999 as this may require urgent police action.
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