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Police drink driving appeal

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 02, 2013

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POLICE officers are launching their annual Christmas campaign by asking people to report drivers who they suspect might have got behind the wheel after a festive tipple.

Derbyshire Constabulary is working with Crimestoppers on the campaign which runs from Sunday, December 1 to Wednesday, January 1.

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

The size of the reward depends on the nature and seriousness of the offence.

Posters will be displayed in pubs and clubs across the county 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 percent, gave a positive test or the driver failed to provide a sample.

Chief Inspector Steve Wilson 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.

“Our campaign is very much intelligence led and by working with Crimestoppers it will allow us to target those who persistently drink and drive rather than conducting mass-testing.

To report a drink-driver contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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