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Essex Police have caught 64 drink driver in Christmas crackdown
2:54pm Thursday 19th December 2013 in News
More than 60 drink drivers have been caught out in Essex Police's Christmas crackdown.
Since the force launched its Anti-Drink Drive campaign on December 1, 2,072 drivers have been breathalysed and 64 found to be over the legal limit.
So far 19 of the people arrested and charged have appeared in court. Between them they have clocked up 365 months of disqualifications and £4895 in fines.
Officers are asking residents to help keep the county’s roads safe this Christmas by giving information about people they know who regularly drink and drive.
This can be done by dialling 999 if you know someone is drunk and you see them getting behind the wheel of a car, or calling Essex Police on 101 to give information about someone who regularly chooses to drink and drive, or by making an anonymous call to Crimestoppers by dialling 0800 555 111 or visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager said: "I want to encourage people who say that they regularly see people driving, who they know have been drinking, to contact police or give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
"We will take action but we need the public to support our campaign, 365 days of the year, and make that call."
Ann Scott, regional manager for Crimestoppers, said: "If someone has information about a regular drink driver they may feel uncomfortable about going to the police. Crimestoppers can take this information 100% anonymously. We do not ask for the caller’s name or any personal details. We do not trace or record our calls and those giving information do not have to give a statement to the Police or go to court. Nobody will know you called."
Adam Pipe added: "This year’s message is to plan in advance how you are going to get home after a night out. If you intend to drink alcohol, leave the car at home and take public transport or pre book a taxi. If you are going out in a group, nominate a designated driver who will only drink soft drinks for the evening. Think about the consequences. Losing your licence means not only being unable to drive but could mean losing your job and then unable to pay your bills.”
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