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Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign Christmas 2019

Police in Norfolk and Suffolk are appealing for assistance from the community to assist them in identifying drivers who put others and themselves at risk by drink and drug driving.


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Emergency services and road safety officials have joined together to launch this year’s Christmas drink and drug driving campaign, highlighting the full ramifications that driving whilst under the influence can have.

The annual initiative which began yesterday, Sunday 1 December, and runs until Wednesday 1 January, will see officers carrying-out roadside checks throughout the day and night – including early morning checks – as well as intelligence-led enforcement activity.

Motorists under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a contributary factor to a vast number of serious or fatal road traffic collisions, which can very easily result all the emergency services having to attend the scene of the incident.

Police across both counties are encouraging members of the public to provide them with intelligence about potential offenders to help officers identify who they are, so they can take appropriate action and prevent such collisions from occurring.

For the first time this year, an online portal has been set-up to enable members of the public to report any concerns relating to suspected drink or drug-driving directly to the Roads and Armed Policing Team. Those that would prefer to do this anonymously can still contact Crimestoppers in the usual way.

Specific time slots have once again been reserved at Magistrates’ Courts to deal with those caught drink-driving. This effectively means that offenders could lose their driving licence within 24 hours of being breathalysed whilst facing additional fines.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: "We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy festive season and so this is one of our most important annual campaigns. Despite our constant warnings and the publicity around the dangers and consequences of drink and drug-driving, too many people are still prepared to put their lives and those of other road users at risk.

"Driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is not a victimless act. Our officers and colleagues from across the emergency services have attended numerous collisions in which people have been seriously injured or killed, where alcohol or illegal substances have been the cause of the incident.

"Visiting the family of a serious collision victim to tell them their loved one has died or has been taken to hospital in a critical condition is perhaps the most difficult task our officers have to undertake. It is a terrible thing to have to tell people at any time of the year, but even more so at Christmas.

"Our message is simple, don’t take the risk – it’s not worth it. The worst-case scenario is that you are responsible for killing someone, ruining the lives of dozens of that person’s friends and family and a lengthy prison term to contemplate your actions.

"However, for the majority of people caught drink or drug-driving, the punishment will be a minimum 12-18 month ban, a substantial fine, and for some people the financial consequences could be more severe if losing their licence means losing their job."

Anyone with information or intelligence about drink or drug driving can now submit this online via this portal link by clicking on the button at the bottom of this page. 
In case of an emergency, or if you believe a crime is in progress (including drink/drug driving that is or you believe is about to happen), always dial 999.

Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Follow the Joint Norfolk & Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team on Twitter @NSRAPT for updates throughout the campaign.

Contact Information

This Portal is not constantly monitored. If you think a crime is being committed now (including drink/drug driving) or someone is in danger, ring 999.
You can ring 101 and speak to one of our Control Room staff if you have concerns about someone who believe is regularly drink/drug driving.
You can only use this Portal to leave information about drivers who are regularly drink/drug driving. We will assess your information and make the best use of it by directing our officers against these drivers who regularly and selfishly continue to put others at risk.

You can also pass your information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers.co.uk