Help stop drink driving this Christmas

If you see someone attempting to drive while under the influence, phone 999 immediately.
If you see someone attempting to drive while under the influence, phone 999 immediately.

Crimestoppers Scotland has launched a national campaign to encourage the public to speak up about drink driving.

In the past year (April 2013 – March 2014) the independent crime-fighting Charity logged nearly 10,500 calls from members of the Scottish public and just under 500 were calls about drink driving. As a direct result, 134 were positive actions taken by Police Scotland and 11 individuals were arrested and charged.

It is the second most reported crime type to Crimestoppers nationally behind drugs offences.

Many people may see their friends, family, work colleagues or neighbours regularly drink driving but do not want to go to the police because they fear being identified.

By contacting Crimestoppers you will remain completely anonymous. Calls cannot be tracked through the 0800 555 111 phone line and information passed online through the Anonymous Online Form at by clicking here.

Now, in the lead up to Christmas, the charity is urging anyone who has information about regular drink drivers to get in contact.

Angela Parker, National Manager for Crimestoppers in Scotland 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.

“Crimestoppers never asks for your name or personal details, we cannot trace calls or track information given online and we do not record our calls. 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 – whether it’s the driver or an innocent victim”.

If you have any information on those who regularly drink drive you can contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via the online secure form at Crimestoppers.

If you see someone attempting to operate a vehicle whilst intoxicated please call 999 as this may require urgent police action.

To join in with the discussion follow Crimestoppers on Twitter @CrimestoppersUK or Facebook and use the hashtags of #WastedCS or #SmashedCS.