Crimestoppers asks for calls on drink drivers in South Yorkshire

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Crimestoppers received 130 calls about drink drivers in South Yorkshire last year and is urging people to call over the festive season.

The charity said tip-offs about drink drivers account for more calls than any other crime apart from drugs.

South Yorkshire Police launched a new drink driving crackdown this week to run over Christmas and New Year.

Roger Critchell, Director of Operations for Crimestoppers said: “Too many people lost their lives last year due to drink drive incidents. But, there are still people out there who regularly drink drive and refuse to change their behaviour.

“We want to make the roads a safer place for everyone and we would urge you to give information to Crimestoppers anonymously about anyone who is regularly drink driving.

“You will not have to give a statement to police or go to court. We don’t want to know who you are, just what you know. By taking action you could be helping to save a life.”

Andy Holt, Deputy Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Driving a motor vehicle having consumed alcohol is no longer socially acceptable.

“The numbers of people continuing to engage in this reckless activity is decreasing every year but South Yorkshire Police remain focused on catching those who elect to take the risk,

using intelligence and statistical data to target offenders.

“The festive period is a time for celebration. It really is not worth ending a night out in a police cell or, worse still, having been involved in a vehicle collision.

The message from South Yorkshire Police is clear - do not drink alcohol and drive because we will catch you.”

Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.