Police are offering cash rewards of up to £200 to anyone who informs them on drivers who are driving under the influence of drink and drugs. Those caught will also be under threat of being publicly named and shamed. The initiative is being carried out by West Midlands Police and the Central Motorway Police Group, and is part of the forces’ annual Christmas crackdown on drivers who are just a bit too merry.
If members of the public see any erratic driving behaviour, they are being urged to contact the police on freephone number 0800 555 111. They will receive a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest and prosecution of the drunk driver.
Inspector Greg Jennings said: “Via the charity Crimestoppers, we are asking anyone who is aware of people breaking the law to pick up the phone and report selfish individuals who think it’s OK to drink or take drugs and drive.”
Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, national lead for road policing, added: “Those who think they are fit to take the risk of driving while intoxicated are amongst the most selfish in our society – they spare no thought for themselves and, even more gravely, they spare no thought for the lives that they are capable of irreparably destroying in the blink of an eye.”
Chief Davenport stressed that it is important the police force, and the public, do everything they can to stop people making the choice to drink or drug-drive during the festive period. Drivers have been warned, and have also been told that they may still be over the limit the morning after a night of celebrating.
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