Tackling drink-driving with Castlepoint Community
Last year, 132 people across Essex were killed or injured as a result of a driver being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In a bid to reduce these figures, Crimestoppers are supporting Castlepoint Community Safety Partnership's annual Drinkwise campaign to raise awareness about alcohol related issues. [29 November 2011]
Drink driving risks lives; not just that of the driver and their passengers, but other innocent people using the road. It can result in a criminal record, the loss of a driving licence or a fine of up to £5000. More seriously, it can kill or injure someone and leave the driver facing up to 14 years in prison and having to live with their actions for the rest of their lives.
“Our campaign this year is bigger and better than ever", adds Drinkwise Campaign Organiser, Ray Hatter. "We have an impressive range of awareness raising activities throughout the week, including training for professionals, under 18’s events, a till receipt campaign, and even a market stall testing residents knowledge of alcohol units. We are also particularly highlighting the dangers of drink driving, and very much welcome Crimestoppers support with this.”
People are encouraged to report those who regularly drink drive to the police, so that they can take the appropriate action. However, some people do not feel comfortable going to the police to report friends, family, neighbour or work colleagues about their drink driving. Crimestoppers can take this information 100% anonymously.
We do not ask for your name or any personal details and we do not trace your call or IP address. Those giving information do not have to give a statement to the police or go to court. In the 23 years we have been running, Crimestoppers has never broken its promise of anonymity. Last year Crimestoppers received over 100 calls about drink drivers in Essex, indicating that this is a real concern for those in Essex.
Those who ring Crimestoppers could also be eligible for a reward of up to £1,000 should their information lead to an arrest and charge. This is done without compromising one’s identity. Rewards can only be claimed by calling 0800 555 111. Information can also be given online by using our secure Giving Information Form but rewards cannot be claimed this way.
If you would like to make a difference in your community and volunteer for Crimestoppers, please visit our volunteering page. The Essex Committee need your help to run more campaigns like this and raise awareness about our charity.
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