‘Tell us about drink drivers’

LAW-ABIDING people are being urged to shop drink drivers to the police and help save a life.

Police say that “someone somewhere” will be killed on the roads due to an intoxicated motorist this summer and are urging everyone to make sure it does not happen in our region.

The warning comes as the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit launches its first joint summer drink and drug drive campaign since the two forces merged their road policing teams.

Unit chiefs say officers will be out in force to catch those flouting the law, but are calling on the public to help them by reporting those getting behind the wheel when unfit to drive.

Inspector Mick Little, of the unit, said: “This summer, someone somewhere will lose a loved one to a drink or drug drive-related crash and we want to ensure that doesn’t happen in our region. We are urging drivers not to take the risk. Don’t drink or take drugs and drive this summer.

“We work all year round to try to get the message across, but the summer months present different problems, with the focus being on afternoon drinking.

“We can probably all see the attraction of enjoying a drink in a beer garden or at a barbecue on a sunny afternoon. All I’m asking is that you leave the car at home and get a taxi or walk.

“There is still a hardcore of offenders out there who persist, despite all the warnings, in driving while intoxicated.

“We are calling upon the law-abiding citizens in our communities to help bring these offenders to justice by calling Crimestoppers.”

The campaign will run throughout this month and will include random stop checking of vehicles, breath testing of any driver committing a traffic offence or involved in a collision and anyone suspected of drinking alcohol.

Suspected drug drivers will undergo roadside impairment tests that can be followed by blood tests.

It is taking place as part of an international enforcement campaign as similar operations are carried out across the UK and throughout Europe.

To report a suspected drink or drug driver, call Crimestoppers and give their name, address, details of their vehicle and places they frequent.

Insp Little added: “Callers can provide information in complete confidence and every piece of information will be followed up.”

People with information on drink drivers should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.