Lincolnshire police have launched their Christmas drink and drug drive campaign this week encouraging well-meaning members of the public to text them if they know or see a driver over the alcohol limit.
On Monday Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick welcomed the campaign. So far, two people have been charged by the county force with drink driving offences since December 1.
He said: “In my view, any initiative to prevent the harm caused by alcohol is welcome. I am a huge supporter of the text a drink driver campaign. There is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for being in charge of a car, which is potentially a lethal weapon, having consumed excess alcohol.”
Members of the public will be able to report a drink driver they know using a short code SMS text service. Simply text the word DRINK to 80800 with details of the vehicle, (registration) where the person will be drinking and when. Police officers will use the information to stop, arrest and process the driver through the courts.
This is only to be used for non-emergency cases.
If members of the public see a drink/drug driver actually driving, they should treat it as an emergency and call 999.
Drivers are reminded that police will be carrying out roadside checks at all times of the day including the mornings.
With the use of FIT (Field Impairment Test) officers will be testing drivers for the effects of drugs as well as drink during this campaign.