Gloucestershire Drink and Drug-Drive campaign hailed as big success with 90% increase in reports
A recent Gloucestershire campaign delivered by Crimestoppers and Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership, around drink and drug-driving has been hailed as a huge success with a 90% increase in reports to the charity compared to the previous year.
The action was part of a national effort aimed at highlighting the dangers of driving under the influence, especially over the Christmas and New Year period when many people attend social events.
Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership is made up of the county’s fire and rescue service (GFRS), Gloucestershire County Council, Police and Police and Crime Commissioner. Maria Boon, Head of the Road Safety Partnership, said: “We want Gloucestershire to be safer for everyone so we work in partnership with the community, and agencies like Crimestoppers to take a joint approach.
“All road users should have the right to share the roads with safe and sociable drivers so we use education, training courses and campaigns like this one to deter irresponsible behaviour and make journeys as safe as possible.
“The success of our relationship with Crimestoppers is a clear reflection on how the public feel about road safety, demonstrating that there is no place in a civilised society for drivers who take the unacceptable risk of mixing alcohol or drugs with the task of driving. This is one crime that the public want to see stopped. We are grateful to Crimestoppers and to the public for their actions and support in helping to make our county safer for all.”
Emily Van der Lely, Gloucestershire Regional Manager, added: “Whilst people know the risks involved with drinking or taking drugs and then driving, not everyone is comfortable about informing the authorities if they suspect someone of doing it.
“Ringing Crimestoppers allows people to act responsibly by sharing information whilst still retaining their anonymity. We are thrilled that this campaign has proved to be so successful as every prolific drink or drug-driver taken off the road makes the rest of the community that bit safer.”
Drink- and drug-drive operations are in action throughout the year but a particular focus is placed on December, due to the number of social events held over the festive season.
Anyone with information regarding someone who regularly drink or drug-drives can call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Information can also be reported via the anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org/give-info