Public urged to speak up anonymously on regular drink drivers

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This Christmas, Crimestoppers Scotland is encouraging the public to speak
up about regular drink driving based on real calls to the charity’s UK
Contact Centre.

With the festive season under way, the temptation to drive while over the
alcohol limit can increase with office parties and get-togethers. Last year
(April 2018-March 2019) Crimestoppers Scotland received 1,095 anonymous calls about regular drink drivers, resulting in 78 people being arrested and charged.

The campaign this year is using real-life examples taken from information
the charity received last year including:

  • A mum drunk on the school run
  • A work colleague regularly driving home drunk from the train station
  • A man taking the back roads home from the village pub

Scotland is classed as being 91 per cent rural, so the charity has seen an increase in calls from people concerned that someone they know is risking the longer drive home while being drunk behind the wheel.

Crimestoppers charity wants to help keep people safe on Scotland’s roads
this Christmas and New Year, and we urge anyone with information to
speak up and stay safe by telling us who is getting behind the wheel while
over the limit. The drink drive limit in Scotland was lowered in 2016 with 20
people losing their lives each year and around 90 seriously injured.

Angela Parker, National Manager for Scotland Crimestoppers, said: ‘No-one wants to meet a drunk driver on Scotland’s roads, so your information could help prevent an accident from happening and could even help save lives.

We appreciate that if you’re close to someone who gets behind the wheel
regularly while over the limit, it can be difficult to come forward. It could
be a work colleague, a neighbour, or even a family member or a friend. This
can explain why some people are reluctant to go to the police because of
the fear of being identified.

‘By trusting us with your information, you’ll remain 100 per cent anonymous. Always. We never take personal details and calls to our UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111 and information passed through the Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org cannot be traced.

‘Together we can help protect those you care about.’

If you have any information about someone who is a regular drink
driver, you can contact the charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously
on 0800 555 111 or via the non-traceable online form at
www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

If you see someone attempting to operate a vehicle while intoxicated please call 999 as this may require urgent police action.